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Manafort Tried Evading Criminal Charges From Russia Probe, Federal Judge Responds Perfectly

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had requested to toss out five charges against him in special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing Russia investigation. But a federal judge had other plans for Manafort.

On Tuesday U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson rejected Manaforts request. Jackson claimed that Mueller had all the rights to bring charges against the former Trump campaign chairman.

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 Mueller was taking too broad a view of his powers and pushed to remove his client’s indictment on charges of money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent.

“The appointment order here purports to give the Special Counsel power to investigate a specifically identified matter and anything that arises in the course of the investigation, without further consulting or obtaining approval from the Attorney General or Acting Attorney General,” read a filing from Manafort’s lawyer earlier this year. “The regulations do not allow for such an expansive appointment.”

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