Trump's ex-aide Manafort due in court over bid to delay trial..

Paul Manafort and Robert Mueller

Postponing the start of Paul Manafort's trial on bank and tax fraud until next week, a federal judge in Virginia on Monday granted the request of Special Counsel Robert Mueller to give limited immunity to five different people in exchange for their testimony in the bank and tax fraud trial of the former Trump Campaign Manager.

Manafort appeared in person at Monday's hearing, wearing a green jumpsuit with a rumpled collar.

The trial will now begin July 31.

"We thought that we would get it through discovery".

"The fact that you're not using something does not mean it's not usable by the defense", Ellis responded.

Mueller's probe has led to multiple indictments and several guilty pleas from other Trump associates, including Rick Gates, a former Trump deputy campaign chairman who worked with Manafort. They said numerous documents are from four "phones or iPads" belonging to Gates and most were printouts of images.

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Trump also asserted, without evidence, that his campaign had been illegally spied upon by the Federal Bureau of Investigation . While he said Page was no "James Bond", the adviser had connections to the Kremlin that predated his involvement with Trump.

Reuters reports that the five individuals receiving immunity for testifying against Manafort are Dennis Raico, Cindy Laporta, Conor O'Brien, Donna Duggan, and James Brennan.

Downing said some of the downloaded data could be relevant notes Gates wrote to himself: "It's incumbent on us to review these documents", he said.

"I don't anticipate that a government witness will utter the word 'Russia", Andres said.

"I'm not going to allow this trial to drag on", Ellis said, adding he would not let it turn into political theatre. Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson last Thursday reported Podesta was offered immunity by Mueller to testify against Manafort in a D.C. court.

Manafort, a long-time Republican operative and businessman, is a target of Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 USA election.

Mueller charged Manafort in two separate lawsuits (in October and February), saying he hid from authorities millions of dollars in payments from former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, dodging taxes in the process. Manafort co-founded Davis Manafort Partners (DMP) in 2005, to engage in political consulting, with staff in the US, Ukraine and Russian Federation. "People can be fair and impartial no matter who they voted for".

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