U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said law enforcement officials acted properly when they applied for and executed a search warrant on Manafort's home related to an investigation into his work in Ukraine.
In theory, the move to grant the witnesses immunity prevents them from invoking their Fifth Amendment rights and staying silent on certain questions when testifying against Manafort. Their names will be made public only if they are called to testify, according to the filing.
The trial, where Manafort is facing charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller of tax fraud and bank fraud, is scheduled to begin in Alexandria next week.
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A federal judge on Tuesday denied Paul Manafort's request to move the first of his two criminal trials hundreds of miles away from Washington. That means the government couldn't use their statements against them. It said that if it revealed the witnesses' identities, it could create "the risk of their undue harassment". Prosecutors asked for the court to compel the witnesses to testify. "Jurors' political leanings are not, by themselves, evidence that those jurors can not fairly and impartially consider the evidence", he wrote. On Tuesday U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III rejected the claim by Manafort's lawyers that he could not get a fair trial due to the intense interest in his case in the Washington, D.C. area.
He is now being held in an Alexandria jail, after Jackson revoked his bail after prosecutors filed new charges alleging he was trying to tamper with witnesses while under house arrest.
Manafort's prosecution arose out of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and U.S. President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.