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>> The federal trial of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is set to begin. But not before clearing one last hurdle. On Monday, a judge said he will decide whether Manafort's criminal a trial, which is set to start Wednesday in Alexandria, Virginia should be delayed. Manafort appeared in court Monday for the first time since being jailed, as his lawyers asked to postpone the Alexandria trial until after Manafort's other trial in September.
In Alexandria, he faces 16 council financial crimes, which he is pleaded not guilty to. Manafort's prosecution arose out special council Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between the Russian government and Trump presidential campaign. Also on Monday, the judge on the case said, he plan to make public, the identity of five witnesses who had been granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for their testimony.
Until now, prosecutor's have kept the identity of the five witnesses under seal to protect them. The judges also ordering a special council to give Manifort's team a list of the 30 witnesses they plan to use in the trial. Wednesday would mark the first trial of Mueller's investigation and the special council is set to come armed, releasing a list last week of nearly 500 pieces of evidence, that the prosecution may use against Manafort, including photos of luxury homes, cars and a $21,000 watch.