A FEDERAL judge in Virginia agreed overnight to grant immunity to five potential witnesses in Paul Manafortís upcoming trial ó but, in a blow to special counsel Robert Mueller, said their identities would be made public.

TheNew York Postreported that Muellerís team wanted the identities of their witnesses to remain confidential, saying in a filing last week that they havenít been criminally charged and not naming them would avoid ďundue harassment.Ē

But Judge T.S. Ellis, a Ronald Reagan appointee, said they would be identified.

He also ordered Muellerís office to provide a list of about 30 witnesses to Manafortís lawyers.

President Trumpís ex-campaign chairman was in court seeking a postponement of his financial fraud trial, which is scheduled to begin on Wednesday.

He also faces similar charges, and charges of witness tampering, in Washington.

Ellis said he would rule on whether to issue a delay later in the day.