Former Trump aide Manafort due in court over bid to delay trial

Paul Manafort and Robert Mueller

A federal judge on Monday delayed Paul Manafort's criminal trial on tax fraud charges until next week.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III released those names as he granted the request of Manafort's attorneys to delay the start of the trial.

Manafort has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

If Ellis turns down Manafort's request to continue the trial, jury selection is slated to begin Wednesday.

Ellis said he'll allow prosecutors to mention Manafort's role on the Trump campaign, but only as it relates to a banker who allegedly sought to secure a role on the campaign in exchange for loans.

Manafort's lawyers also sought to prevent prosecutors from talking about alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Hearings will start on Tuesday morning on the questionnaire for prospective jurors in the trial, as Manafort faces bank and tax fraud charges. In May, Ellis, the judge in the Alexandria case, harshly rebuked Mueller's team, suggesting they were more interested in bringing down the president than in Manafort's past dealings.

"Of course people can be fair and impartial no matter who they voted for", Ellis said.

Calk served on the Trump campaign's economic advisory team, and, according to the Wall Street Journal, wanted to be Trump's Army secretary.

Ellis has questioned Mueller's probe and said Manafort's indictment appeared aimed at leveraging him to provide information on Trump.

Mueller's team has outlined an extensive list of evidence to present at the Virginia trial, submitting a 21-page list detailing more than 400 exhibits that include scores of bank records, emails and photographs, among other documents.

The documents come from a firm that handled Manafort's bookkeeping and the electronic devices of Rick Gates, his longtime business associate.

In a filing last week, attorneys with the special counsel's office said the witnesses must remain confidential because they would be subject to "undue harassment" if their identities were revealed. They wanted to put the trial off until later this fall. Downing, however, said the defense needed to make its own determination about the documents' relevance.

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