Manafort’s Attempt To Dismiss Criminal Case Has Been Rejected By A Judge

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An attempt by Paul Manafort to get an indictment against him dismissed by claiming that special counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment was flawed, has been dismissed by federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Tuesday.

Politico reports- “In a blow to Manafort’s defense, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that Mueller’s prosecution of the longtime political consultant on charges of money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent for Ukraine was “squarely” within the authority that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein granted to Mueller last May.”

In her opinion on Tuesday, Berman Jackson wrote- “It bears emphasizing at this stage that Manafort is presumed to be innocent of these charges, and it will be the prosecution’s burden to prove him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. But the indictment will not be dismissed, and the matter will proceed to trial.”

“Who had connections to the Russian government? Who attended meetings on behalf of the campaign?” Berman Jackson wrote. “Given the combination of his prominence within the campaign and his ties to Ukrainian officials supported by and operating out of Russia, as well as to Russian oligarchs, Manafort was an obvious person of interest.”

“The Special Counsel would have been remiss to ignore such an obvious potential link between the Trump campaign and the Russian government,” she wrote later in the opinion.
Manafort is scheduled for trial in DC in September.

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