Sunday, 19 August, 2018

Judge Refuses to Toss Special Counsel Case Against Paul Manafort

US Judge Refuses to Dismiss Ex-Trump Aide Paul Manafort's Criminal Case Special Counsel Within Bounds, Manafort Going to Trial, Judge Rules
Faye Gross | 17 May, 2018, 00:37

Jay Goldberg, the attorney who represented President Donald Trump for nearly two decades, doesn't think Rudy Giuliani is fit to be handling the legal team tasked with handling special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

Manafort is scheduled for trial in DC in September.

Manafort also faces a separate set of bank fraud and other financial charges in Virginia.

"Manafort was, at one time, not merely "associated with, ' but the chairman of, the Presidential campaign, and his work on behalf of the Russia-backed Ukrainian political party and connections to other Russian figures are matters of public record".

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

Trump and his lawyers are trying to set up the milestone on Thursday as a turning point in their campaign to end Mueller's probe into Russian election meddling and obstruction of justice, Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal lawyer, said Tuesday in an interview.

Judge refuses to toss Manafort charges; another... "But the indictment will not be dismissed, and the matter will proceed to trial".

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"Who had connections to the Russian government?"

Jackson called it "logical and appropriate" for investigators tasked with probing for links between the Russian government and campaign associates "to direct their attention to him".

Manafort had argued that Mueller has exceeded his investigatory authority and that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's directive for Mueller to pursue "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation" fell outside the scope of Justice Department regulations on special counsels.

Jackson said the regulations are not meant to allow investigation targets to use them to challenge criminal charges, but are intended to provide independence and accountability in sensitive investigations, giving a special counsel wide discretion while requiring department consultation and approval, which she said was done.

Giuliani has taken a combative approach to the investigation since being brought on by the president last month. That memo explicitly gave Mueller authority to probe all of Manafort's Ukraine-related work predating the 2016 campaign.

Manafort's indictment includes a conspiracy count citing alleged conduct going into 2016.

Jackson was not moved by Manafort's argument that the case should be dismissed on the grounds that his Ukraine dealings predated the 2016 election by at least two years. The Virginia federal judge, TS Ellis, has not yet ruled on the question. "More important, the Acting Attorney General has confirmed in writing that he assigned the Special Counsel the specific responsibility to investigate the very allegations that comprise the Superseding Indictment", the ruling continued.

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