Judge rejects Manafort motion to dismiss Russia probe charges

Source: The Hill | May 15, 2018 | Brooke Seipel

A federal district court judge on Tuesday rejected former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s request to toss out five criminal charges against him in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. 

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that Mueller had the right to bring the charges against Manafort, shutting down the argument by Manafort’s lawyer that they had nothing to do with the Russia investigation. 

Jackson wrote that “the Special Counsel was authorized from the start to investigate the defendant not only for coordinating with the Russian government, but also for violations of law arising out of payments received from the former President of Ukraine.” 

Manafort’s attorneys had argued the special counsel was taking too broad a view of its powers. 

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