With the fraud and money laundering trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort — sorry, I mean some guy who used to hang around the office and fetch coffee now and then — about to begin, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has asked the judge to grant immunity to five unnamed witnesses against him.
“The motions indicate that the named individuals will not testify or provide other information on the basis of their privilege against self-incrimination, and that the government is requesting that the Court compel them to testify at the upcoming trial,” the request says.
Immunity would relieve them of the need of Fifth Amendment protections, so the witnesses could then be forced to testify. However, they would still be vulnerable to prosecution for perjury if they lied under oath.
Witnesses’ names were left out of the indictment because the special counsel is not certain they will be called to testify.