Judge Denies Manafort's Motion To Dismiss Some Of Mueller's Charges

Judge denies ex Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s request to dismiss his federal indictment

Judge denies ex Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s request to dismiss his federal indictment

Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Tuesday rejected former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's attempt to invalidate the criminal case against him in Washington.

Rosenstein "expressly approved the Special Counsel's investigation of the facts alleged in the indictment, so there has been no violation of the regulations, and the Special Counsel did not act without authority", she wrote.

A federal judge ruled against the legal motion from Paul Manafort to dismiss charges filed as a result of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election tampering.

Manafort had argued that since the charges Mueller brought against him stemmed from Ukraine lobbying work predating the 2016 campaign, they were outside the scope of the Russian collusion investigation for which Mueller had been appointed.

In her 37-page ruling, Jackson went through a point-by-point rejection of Manafort's other arguments, including his contention that Mueller had been given a "blank check" to investigate anything "he may stumble across". Jackson refused to dismiss that criminal case.


Manafort, a former chairman for the Trump campaign, has been charged in D.C. with money laundering, failure to register foreign lobbying and false statements.

She added that it was appropriate for federal investigators to look into Manafort's business connections in Russia and Ukraine while Mueller's office investigated possible coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, speaks to the media with an announcement that the office of special counsel Robert Mueller says a grand jury has charged 13 Russian nationals and several Russian entities, February 16, 2018, in Washington.

The decision delivered an expected victory to prosecutors and clears a key hurdle to a September trial in Washington on at least some charges. "The management of the investigation into the allegations against Manafort has been consistent with the objectives and requirements of the set of regulations as a whole, as well as the terms of the individual regulation upon which the defendant relies", said Jackson, a 2011 Obama appointee. Manafort is also facing charges of bank fraud in Virginia.

Jackson, in her Tuesday memorandum opinion, appeared to push back on Ellis' skepticism of the special counsel's broad mandate, arguing that Rosenstein granted Mueller the power to investigate "any matters that arose" from his immediate probe of Russian meddling. Manafort has pleaded not guilty and denied any wrongdoing. His lawyers filed for a dismissal on the basis that the charges extended beyond the scope of Mueller's appointment.

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