The first list of names who will be asked to witness in the Paul Manafort case has been released. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis II will grant immunity to several witnesses and unseal certain documents entered as evidence in the case.
On Monday a list of five witnesses was released, as Manafort’s request for a trial delay was granted, moving the date back to start on July 31st, instead of this week.
Reuters reports that the five individuals receiving immunity for testifying against Manafort are Dennis Raico, Cindy Laporta, Conor [possibly spelled ‘Connor’] O’Brien, Donna Duggan, and James Brennan.
Some of these names will be more familiar to the public than others.
James Brennan is a Former New York State Assembly member.
The other names on the list are less politically prominent, though Washington Post‘s Rachel Weiner notes that the commonality between them is that all are connected to financial institutions.
CNBC reports that Dennis Raico is employed by a Chicago bank, Federal Savings Bank. The insitution’s president, Stephen Calk, was alleged to have been offered a White House position by Manafort, in exchange for financial favors to the tune of $16 million.
While we have not been able to definitely confirm the identities of the individuals, Hill Reporter was able to confirm that people by those names are connected to banks or other financial services as follows:
Cindy Laporta is listed as a CPA at Kositzka, Wicks & Company, which provides CPAs for government contracts involving real estate, health care, and other matters.
A Connor O’Brien lists himself as President and CEO in an investment management company, O’Shares. It isn’t clear if this is the same Connor O’Brien.
The five are reportedly being compelled to testify, and another 30 names of witnesses is expected to be disclosed at some point before the trial.
Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, is facing charges of failing to register as a foreign agent, and conspiracy against the U.S., and is currently being held in a Federal prison after allegedly attempting witness tampering.
The charges are for activities that, according to the indictment, continued through the time he served as Trump’s campaign manager.
According to Courthouse News, his trial was to begin on Tuesday, but Manafort’s defense team claimed they had failed to review thousands of documents in evidence, hoping to wait for copies to be provided to them in discovery rather than attempting to procure copies at their own expense.
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