Judge rejects Manafort's attempt to dismiss Mueller indictment

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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 MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE's Russian Federation investigation.

In a sharp rebuke of those claims, judge Amy Berman Jackson of USA district court for the District of Columbia ruled that deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein had followed all the justice department's rules when he hired Mr Mueller and the case against Mr Manafort is not overly broad or improper.

She cites the instructions drafted for Mueller by Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein, which instruct the special counsel to investigate "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign".

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"[Ellis' comments] have really thrown this into a new dimension if there's a real possibility they [the special counsel's office] don't have authorization", Giuliani said, adding that if Ellis ruled against Mueller, "They're going to have a big problem". Manafort had argued that Mueller had exceeded his authority because the case was unrelated to Russian election interference. 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. In Virginia, he faces charges that include bank fraud and filing false tax returns. Jackson said that even if the Manafort case didn't arise from links to Russian Federation, and instead was a matter that arose from that investigation, the indictment should stand.

Manafort, Jackson said, was not merely associated with President Donald Trump's campaign but served as its chairman for a time. Manafort has pleaded not guilty and denied any wrongdoing.

Mr Trump has denied that his campaign colluded with Russian Federation and called the probe that has dogged his presidency a "witch hunt". The memo shows Rosenstein authorized Mueller to investigate Manafort's Ukrainian work and related financial crimes.

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Republicans in the House of Representatives who are critical of the probe have pressed the justice department in recent months to provide them with an unredacted copy of the August memo.

This is notable because the Trump Administration, including Donald Trump, used Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) Judge T.S. Ellis' pointed line of questioning about Mueller's authority a week and half ago in a separate fraud case to suggest that even a federal judge recognizes that a witch hunt is afoot.

Manafort has filed a similar motion to dismiss his charges in Virginia.

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He told prosecutors to turn over a copy to him by Friday.

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