- Christine Stapleton Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Attorneys for former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and Special Counsel Robert Mueller want the federal judge presiding over Manafort’s criminal case to impose strict rules over who may see, copy and discuss evidence and investigative records.
The proposed order filed on Tuesday asks the judge to restrict those who can see the records, called discovery, to attorneys, “legal experts, court personnel, investigators, data or accounting analysts and database processors.”
Potential witnesses and their attorneys will be allowed to view documents but not make copies. Anyone allowed to view or receive copies of the documents must agree in writing to abide by the order.
When the case is over, the documents must be destroyed, returned to the government or retained by Manafort’s legal team and cannot be disseminated.
The proposed protective order comes a week after the judge issued a gag order barring attorneys and witnesses from discussing the cases with the media or in public settings that could threaten Manafort’s ability to get a fair trial.
The charges in the 17-page indictment released Oct. 30 accuse Manafort of conspiring to launder money, conspiracy against the United States and failing to register as foreign agents of Ukraine’s former pro-Russian government.
Manafort, who lives in Palm Beach Gardens, has offered to put up his BallenIsles home to secure his appearance in court. Manafort is on house arrest with a GPS monitor at his home in Virginia.