Manafort asks to move upcoming trial, cites publicity
WASHINGTON » Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort asked Wednesday to move his upcoming trial out of the nation’s capital, with his lawyers citing “intensely negative news coverage” and potential juror bias against him.
“While federal courts often address issues of pretrial publicity in high-profile cases, it is difficult to conceive of a matter that has received media attention of the same magnitude as the prosecution of Mr. Manafort,” the lawyers wrote in asking to relocate the trial to Roanoke, Virginia.
The request is similar to one from last month that preceded a separate trial for Manafort in Alexandria, Virginia. Manafort’s lawyers had also asked for that case to be moved to Roanoke, but the judge refused.
Jury selection is to start Sept. 17 in a trial related to Manafort’s Ukrainian lobbying and political consulting work.