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Special Counsel Seeking Immunity for Five Unnamed Persons in Case Against Paul Manafort

Former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manfort is in jail, awaiting trial on a series of charges, including conspiracy against the United States, as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Ahead of that trial, the Special Counsel’s office notified the court today that they are seeking immunity for five persons, unnamed, and who NBC investigative reporter Tom Winter says have not previously been named in connection with the case.

This comes just hours after President Trump, in his post-Russian Summit interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity Monday night, once again minimized the case against Manafort, calling it “a sad thing.”

The immunity request specifies that the “named individuals will not testify or provide other information” without it, because of the protections against “self-incrimination.”

Still, warns Winter, don’t get ahead of the story.

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