Special counsel Robert Mueller is asking a judge to issue 70 blank subpoenas that will be used to compel the appearance of witnesses at the upcoming criminal trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. (Video below)
Mueller is making the request for the subpoenas in the Alexandria, Virginia, court where Manafort is facing trial on several charges, including bank fraud. Just last week, a judge rejected a lawsuit filed by Manafort that had challenged Mueller’s authority.
A spokesman for the special counsel confirmed to The Hill that the filing is an additional set of requests, after prosecutors previously requested 35 sets of blank subpoenas for the trial.
Manafort is facing several charges of bank fraud and money laundering. The charges are related to work he did on behalf of a political party in Ukraine that leaned toward Russia, as well for as former Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych. Manafort has pleaded not guilty to the charges. The trial is set to begin July 10.
The names of the people expected to be subpoenaed for appearance at trial were not revealed, according to CNBC. In addition to a blank space for their names, also left blank was the section that instructs them to “bring with you the following documents, electronically stored information, or objects.”
Manafort’s co-defendant, Rick Gates, who also worked on the Trump campaign, pleaded guilty in February to the reduced charges of one count of conspiracy against the United States and a single count of making a false statement—almost certainly in exchange for his cooperation in spilling the beans on his co-conspirators.
Manafort and Gates are just one of a number of people targeted by Mueller, who was originally tasked with investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
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