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Judge rejects Manafort motion to dismiss Russian Federation probe charges

16 May, 2018, 11:32 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • US Judge Refuses to Dismiss Ex-Trump Aide Paul Manafort's Criminal Case

Jackson said the Manafort prosecution falls squarely within the mandate of Mueller, whose May 2017 appointment order directs him to investigate links or coordination between Russian Federation and people associated with Trump's campaign.

So the charges in Jackson's courtroom will proceed against Manafort, and they will be prosecuted by Robert Mueller. "She goes on to say: "[Even] if one posits that the scrutiny of Manafort's alleged activities on behalf of Ukraine did not flow from the investigation of "links" to Russian Federation that was assigned to the Special Counsel, and that instead, it was a "matter that arose" from that investigation, the indictment should not be dismissed". Manafort had argued that Mueller had exceeded his authority because the case was unrelated to Russian election interference.

Mueller is also charged with pursuing "any matter that arose or may arise directly" from his collusion probe.

Following the release of Jackson's opinion, Jason Maloni, a spokesman for Manafort, said, "Paul Manafort maintains his innocence and looks forward to prevailing in this matter". 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.

Special counsel Robert S/ Mueller III departs Capitol Hill in June 2017.

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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. "How does bank fraud and these other things that go back to 2005, 2007, how does that have anything to do with links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of Trump?" "Thus, the indictment falls well within the authority granted to the special counsel to conduct the ongoing investigation".

Jackson said Justice Department regulations allow for a "broad grant of authority".

"What they address is who decides who the prosecutor will be", she said. In his bid to dismiss the indictment, Downing took aim at a portion of an order establishing Mueller's office that gave the special counsel the power to probe "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation". "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. She cited not only the May 2017 appointment order, but also an August 2, 2017, memo by Rosenstein that further detailed the responsibility given to Mueller.

But U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson disagreed. He has also argued that Mr Mueller's case against him has nothing to do with Russian interference in 2016 election, and that the probe by the Federal Bureau of Investigation into his Ukraine dealings predates the Russia probe.

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