ibusinesslines.com
ibusinesslines.com August 21, 2018


Paul Manafort just got very bad news from a federal court

16 May 2018, 07:04 | Erica Roy

Ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's case will go to trial

Judge denies ex Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s request to dismiss his federal indictment

Manafort had argued that since the charges Mueller brought against him stemmed from Ukraine lobbying work predating the 2016 campaign, they were outside the scope of the Russian collusion investigation for which Mueller had been appointed. On May 4, Ellis ordered Mueller's prosecutors two weeks to provide "completely unredacted versions of [Deputy Attorney General] Rosenstein's orders assigning special counsel Mueller" before he would make a decision on keeping the Manafort indictment or dismissing it.

A federal judge in Washington ruled Tuesday that special counsel Robert Mueller was working within his authority when he brought charges against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman.

Jackson previously had thrown out a civil case Manafort brought challenging Mueller's authority.

Rosenstein "expressly approved the Special Counsel's investigation of the facts alleged in the indictment, so there has been no violation of the regulations, and the Special Counsel did not act without authority", she wrote.

Manafort's lawyers' previous push for dismissal hinged on the argument that because the crimes in question do not directly relate to Mueller's core mandate - investigating whether members of Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow - he was not authorized to charge Manafort with them.

Manafort's defense filed a motion with U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III stating the release of the information threatened his ability to receive a fair trial.

Manafort, Jackson said, was not merely associated with President Donald Trump's campaign but served as its chairman for a time.


He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges, none of which are directly related to work he performed for Mr Trump's campaign.

Later in the opinion, the judge clearly says that it was squarely within Mueller's scope to pursue Manafort's links to Russian Federation.

"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.

Jackson said the case against Manafort should proceed even if scrutiny of his past activity came about not from the investigation of "links" to Russian but rather as a "matter that arose" from that probe.

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

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

Although Trump's new attorney Rudy Giuliani suggested the delay had more to do with the leak of Mueller's potential questions for Trump, the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on Michael Cohen's office and Trump's upcoming meeting with Kim Jong-un in Singapore, there was still a reason to pay close attention to Manafort.



Other News

Trending Now

Wife of PGA golfer Lucas Glover arrested on domestic violence charges
US Open victor Lucas Glover's wife has been arrested for attacking him over his poor play at The Players Championship. Open and the 2011 Wells Fargo Open, did tell authorities that his wife had been drinking all day.

Ramadan fasting to begin on Thursday, Saudi says
It is the most holy month in the calendar for Muslims as it is believed the Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed during Ramadan. Astronomers in Kuwait and Sharjah have also indicated May 17 will be the likely start date for the month of Ramadan.

BSF trooper killed in cross-border firing in Samba
A 22-year-old civilian was killed in firing by Pakistani forces along the line of control (LoC) in Poonch district on May 10. Following the searches, residents of villages situated close to the border have restricted their outdoor movement.

Liverpool players can become legends with Champions League win - Wijnaldum
This is my fourth year now and the first time I have got to 30 goals in the Premier League . "So there's still work to do, and I'm really happy about that".

Here’s How Transformers Became One of The Biggest Franchises in The World
When it comes to running a business, few strategies are more successful than franchising – that is, if it is done right. Needless to say, Hasbro has well and truly mastered the art of franchising when it comes to Transformers.

FIFPro calls for football doping reforms after Guerrero banned for World Cup
Without the three extra points, Peru would have fallen below Chile and Paraguay in the standings and out of contention. The 34-year-old tested positive for cocaine after the qualifier against Argentina on 6 October.

Google Introduces New Ways To Control The Pixel Buds
This is how most all Bluetooth devices work, but for whatever reason, Google didn't have this in place with Pixel Buds . That'll no longer be an issue with today's update: You can set a double tap on the right earbud to skip tracks.