Robert Mueller Files Request For 100 Additional Blank Subpoenas

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Special counsel Robert Mueller requested an additional 100 blank subpoenas, on top of the 150 requested last month.

Special counsel Robert Mueller filed a request for 100 blank subpoenas Wednesday in the Virginia district where former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is due soon to begin trial, adding to the 150 Mueller requested last month.

Via The Washington Examiner:

The 100 blank subpoenas amount to 50 total possible subpoenas — in each case, a subpoena is needed for the witness and another is needed for the defense.

Court documents filed in April show that Mueller's team was pushing to subpoena 35 witnesses in the trial. Then in May, court documents showed he had filed 70 blank subpoenas.

Not much is revealed in the two-page filing, but The Examiner reports it requires each recipient to appear in the the Alexandria, Va., courthouse on July 25 at 10 a.m. to provide testimony in the case.

Manafort’s legal team is currently trying to delay the trial and have the venue changed from Alexandria to Roanoke, Virginia, telling the court last week that Manafort is in solitary confinement and too far away from his attorneys to effectively prepare.

Prosecutors with Mueller’s team said Wednesday that the trial should not be postponed or moved, describing how Manafort has made hundreds of phone calls to his lawyers, and is being treated like a “VIP” in the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Va.

The defense team argued last week that Manafort should be transferred from Northern Neck Regional Jail.

However, Manafort withdrew his request Tuesday to transfer to a detention center in Alexandria. The judge overseeing the Alexandria case, T.S. Ellis III, declined the request on Wednesday, and ordered Manafort be moved to behind bars in Alexandria.

Judge Ellis also set a Tuesday court date to hear arguments on moving and delaying the trial.

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