A possible star witness and a former Winston & Strawn attorney are among the government’s list of nearly three dozen potential witnesses for the upcoming Virginia trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
The government filed its list of possible witnesses for Manafort’s bank and tax fraud case Friday evening, after U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III instructed prosecutors on Tuesday to make their list public by the end of the week. Trial is set to begin July 31.
The list previews Rick Gates, former Trump deputy campaign chairman and a longtime Manafort associate, as a possible star witness in the trial. Gates began cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors in February after pleading guilty to two criminal charges of conspiracy to commit financial fraud and lying to federal investigators in a separate case in Washington, D.C.
Tad Devine, a former Winston & Strawn attorney who has mostly made his name as a Democratic political consultant, also appeared on the list, as well as in an exhibit list the U.S. filed last week. Devine, who served as a chief strategist to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign in 2016, worked with Manafort to help elect ex-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in 2010. Daniel Rabin, a Democratic consultant who has worked with Devine and Manafort, could be called on to testify as well.
Five potential witnesses on the list—James Brennan, Donna Duggan, Cindy Laporta, Conor O’Brien, and Dennis Raico—were granted use immunity last week to testify. Laporta and O’Brien are both accountants who worked on Manafort’s taxes, while Brennan and Raico both appear to be Federal Savings Bank employees.
Prosecutors have accused Manafort of securing millions of dollars from the Chicago-based bank through fraudulent loan applications from late 2016 to early 2017. Earlier in the week, government lawyer Greg Andres told Ellis a banker approved Manafort’s loan despite knowing it was fraudulent. He said the man, widely suspected to be CEO Stephen Calk, went along with it in hopes of securing a role with the Trump administration.
Friday’s list also identifies a New York Yankees ticket salesman, the comptroller of a Mercedes Benz dealership in Alexandria, and the co-founder of a men’s luxury clothing brand, as possible witnesses.
Manafort’s trial kicks off with jury selection in Alexandria, Virginia, Tuesday morning.
The longtime political operative also faces charges related to his alleged lobbying schemes in Washington, D.C. That trial begins in September.
Read the witness list here: