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US Judges Refuses To Dismiss Case Against Trump's Ex-Campaign Chairman

US Judges Refuses To Dismiss Case Against Trump's Ex-Campaign Chairman

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.

Jackson said the charges fell within even a separate portion of Mueller's authority that Manafort has found "unobjectionable: the order to investigate 'any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign'".

Peter Carr, a spokesman for the special counsel's office, declined to comment.

Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, faces an array of criminal charges in two different federal courts, including money laundering charges and allegations that he worked as an unregistered agent for the Ukrainian government.

"His work on behalf of the Russia-backed Ukrainian political party and connections to other Russian figures are matters of public record", Jackson wrote.

In both criminal cases, Mr Manafort has asked the courts to dismiss the charges on the grounds that Mr Rosenstein's May 17, 2017 appointment order hiring the special counsel runs afoul of justice department rules on special counsels.

Previously, Manafort was charged with a litany of formal accusations that are primarily related to his alleged efforts to submit false tax returns, failure to file reports about foreign bank accounts, and commit bank fraud. 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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United States district judge Amy Jackson declined to throw out the case against Manafort, who faces two indictments from the special counsel.

So the charges in Jackson's courtroom will proceed against Manafort, and they will be prosecuted by Robert Mueller.

Mr Trump has denied that his campaign colluded with Russian Federation and called the probe that has dogged his presidency a "witch hunt".

Jackson, in her Tuesday memorandum opinion, appeared to push back on Ellis' skepticism of the special counsel's broad mandate, arguing that Rosenstein granted Mueller the power to investigate "any matters that arose" from his immediate probe of Russian meddling.

That judge, TS Ellis III for the eastern district of Virginia, has yet to rule on whether to dismiss the charges against Mr Manafort.

"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".

"It's unlikely you're going to persuade me the special counsel has unlimited powers to do anything her or she wants", he added.