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

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

The memo, which came months before Manafort's indictment, shows Rosenstein specifically authorized Mueller to investigate Manafort's Ukrainian work and related financial crimes.

Paul Manafort, who has been charged with money-laundering conspiracy, false statements and acting as an unregistered foreign agent, argued Mueller exceeded his authority as the case was unrelated to Russian election interference.

Referring to Mueller's appointment order, she said that the charges fell "squarely within that portion of the authority granted to the Special Counsel that Manafort finds unobjectionable: the order to investigate 'any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign.' (Manafort had also challenged the provision of the appointment order that said that Mueller could investigate matters "that arose or may arise directly" from the probe)".

Manafort asked to dismiss charges related to his lobbying and political consulting activities, the court filing said. "But the indictment will not be dismissed, and the matter will proceed to trial", Berman Jackson wrote in her opinion Tuesday. Previously Law&Crime speculated that maybe Trump might be waiting to see how the Manafort cases in EDVA and D.C. would shake out before making a decision about speaking to Mueller. "The regulations do not allow for such an expansive appointment".

Jackson sided with prosecutors who had produced an August 2017 memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

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Peter Carr, a spokesman for the special counsel's office, declined to comment. He has pleaded not guilty in that case, as well as in the charges that included bank fraud and tax fraud that were brought against him in Virginia.

Jackson had previously thrown out a civil case Manafort brought challenging Mueller's authority. It also accuses him of fraudulently obtaining millions in loans from financial institutions including while he worked for the Trump campaign.

On Tuesday, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., denied the defense's motion to dismiss some of the charges.

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 Russian Federation investigation.

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