Lawyers for Paul Manafort, the onetime chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, asked a federal judge Friday to order special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to release the names of alleged accomplices accused of helping Manafort commit crimes.
Manafort’s legal team also asked the court to direct Mueller to specify each allegedly false and misleading statement their client is accused of making, including to his tax preparers about his control of foreign bank accounts and to the Justice Department about his alleged lobbying work in 2016. Without that information, Manafort’s lawyers said, he cannot adequately prepare for trial.
Among other details that Manfort’s lawyers want Mueller to disclose are the identities of people said to have helped him and his business partner engage in an alleged multimillion-dollar lobbying campaign in the United States. Mueller’s team says the alleged lobbying campaign was carried out at the direction of Ukraine’s former president Viktor Yanukovych, his pro-Russian Party of Regions and the government of Ukraine.
A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment. The flurry of activity late Friday in the U.S. District Court in Washington came as Manafort’s lawyers faced a motions deadline. Mueller’s legal team has until April 23 to respond.
Manafort’s request is his latest move to challenge the
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