Defense lawyers for Paul Manafort are asking a federal judge to transfer his Washington, D.C. trial to Roanoke, Virginia, with a few weeks to go before the September trial kicks off.

Manafort’s attorneys requested the change of venue in a motion filed Wednesday morning with U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C., citing pretrial publicity—namely, “unrelenting news coverage” of Manafort—as a reason for the request.

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