Manafort’s trial delayed until end of July

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

Lawyers for President Trump’s short-lived campaign chairman were in court to argue for the postponement, saying they needed time to prepare.

The trial will now begin July 31.

Manafort was initially scheduled to begin trial on Wednesday.

Prosecutors have accused him and his former business partner Rick Gates of laundering millions of dollars through overseas shell companies.

Earlier Monday, Virginia federal Judge T.S. Ellis granted immunity to five witnesses whom the government plans to call to testify against Manafort.

Despite a request by Mueller to keep the names private until they testify, Ellis made them public: James Brennan, Donna Duggan, Conor O’Brien, Cindy Laporta and Dennis Raico.

All work in financial institutions.

With Post wires

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