Judge declines to dismiss charges against Paul Manafort


"It bears emphasizing at this stage that Manafort is presumed to be innocent of these charges", she said.

President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani has warned Robert Mueller that the Trump team will wage a campaign to end the Special Counsel's Russian Federation investigation on its one-year anniversary, with several plans up their sleeve.

Jackson added it was "logical and appropriate" for investigators tasked with pursuing any links to the Russian Federation investigation to direct their attention toward Manafort, due to his role in Trump's campaign. He was appointed to take over an existing investigation, and it appears from the chronology and the written record that the matters contained in the Superseding Indictment were already a part of the ongoing inquiry that was lawfully transferred to the Special Counsel by the Department of Justice in May of 2017.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson rejected Manafort's dismissal bid Tuesday, clearing the way for a trial in September.

Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni issued a statement in response to the ruling.

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He faces a separate set of bank fraud and other financial charges in Virginia, for a trial set to begin in July. "But the indictment will not be dismissed, and the matter will proceed to trial".

"Frankly, the president has been victimized through all this", Fitton told Fox News, "because evidently there is nothing to justify an investigation of him requiring Justice Department resources and authorities the way it's been misused to date". "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. That memo explicitly gave Mueller authority to probe all of Manafort's Ukraine-related work predating the 2016 campaign.

The judge deemed that the indictment "falls squarely within that portion of the authority granted to the Special Counsel".

Judge Jackson previously dismissed a civil case Manafort filed against Mueller, in which Manafort's attorneys argued that the scope of Mueller's investigation was too broad.

In the Virginia courthouse, Ellis sharply questioned prosecutors about their motivations and whether they had exceeded their charging authority to pressure Manafort to turn against Trump or colleagues.