Mueller Asks Judge To Subpoena 35 Witnesses For Manafort Trial

Christian Datoc | Breaking News and Engagement Editor

Special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly asked a Virginia judge Wednesday to issue 35 subpoenas for witnesses in Paul Manafort’s upcoming trial.

According to Bloomberg, Mueller asked the judge to leave the names “blank” so they could be filled out at a later date.

ALEXANDRIA, VA - MARCH 08: Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort leaves the Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse after an arraignment hearing March 8, 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia. Manafort pleaded not guilty to new tax and fraud charges, brought by special counsel Robert MuellerÕs Russian interference investigation team, at the Alexandria federal court in Virginia, where he resides. A trial date has been set for July 10, 2018. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – MARCH 08: Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort leaves the Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse after an arraignment hearing March 8, 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia. Manafort pleaded not guilty to new tax and fraud charges, brought by special counsel Robert MuellerÕs Russian interference investigation team, at the Alexandria federal court in Virginia, where he resides. A trial date has been set for July 10, 2018. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Manafort, the biggest fish snared in Mueller’s Russia probe, was indicted on money laundering and fraud charges back in October 2017. President Trump’s former campaign manager has denied the charges and is currently set to stand trial in Virginia in July and again in Washington, DC in the fall. (RELATED: Ominous Court Filing Reveals New Search Warrant Against Manafort)

Rick Gates, another former Trump campaign official, was also accused by Mueller of money laundering and fraud. He pleaded guilty to the charges and is reportedly now working with the special counsel.

Just one week after Gates accepted Mueller’s plea deal, a judge issued a new search warrant for Manafort’s phone records.

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