A Federal Judge ruled that special Counsel Robert Mueller must identify individuals, previously unnamed, in his indictment of Paul Manafort. Manafort and his aide, Konstantin Kilimnik were indicted last week on charges relating to lobbying work with Ukraine. Mueller accused them of obstructing justice and witness tampering.
The Hill reports on the stunning rebuke:
“Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered Mueller to turn over the names of several individuals and organizations, including European politicians and other Manafort contacts, to Manafort’s attorneys, according to court documents and reports by Politico.
“The New York Times reported last week that two veteran journalists told Mueller that Manafort attempted to contact them and tried to shape their testimony. Three Times sources identified the journalists as Alan Friedman and Eckart Sager. Mueller’s indictment did not name the witnesses that Manafort and Kilimnik allegedly contacted.
Jackson’s ruling comes in response to a motion from Manafort’s team seeking more information on the superseding indictment.
“Jackson wrote that Mueller turning over the information will help Manafort prepare for a “complex” trial, which is expected in September.
“'[The] defendant is obliged to prepare for a complex trial with a voluminous record within a relatively short period of time, and he should not have to be surprised at a later point by the addition of a new name or allegation,’ she wrote.”
Manafort has pleaded not guilty.