Judge rejects Manafort attempt to dismiss criminal case

Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort.

In a pointed rejection of Manafort's claims late on May 15, Judge Amy Berman Jackson of U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia sided with Mueller, ruling that his case against Manafort is not overly broad or improper despite not being directly connected to the election, Radio Liberty reported.

Manafort's attorneys have argued that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein acted improperly when he appointed Mueller in May 2017 to investigate not only collusion with Russian Federation but any other issues that "may arise" from that investigation.

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.

Manafort pleaded not guilty to charges related to his lobbying work before 2014 on behalf of Ukraine's pro-Russian president at the time, Viktor Yanukovych.

That judge, T.S. Ellis, said he believed prosecutors were using the charges against Manafort to try to get him to turn against Trump.

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Jason Maloni, a spokesman for Manafort, later responded to the ruling: "Paul Manafort maintains his innocence and looks forward to prevailing in this matter".

Judge Jackson added that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein followed the appropriate rules and possessed the judicial authority when he appointed Mueller to investigate the Russian government's efforts to influence the 2016 USA presidential election.

Whether Manafort colluded with Russian government officials as Russia was trying to meddle in the 2016 U.S. election.

"Frankly, the president has been victimized through all this", Fitton told Fox News, "because evidently there is nothing to justify an investigation of him requiring Justice Department resources and authorities the way it's been misused to date". "So to the extent the regulations bear on this case at all, they were not violated; 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".

The judge deemed that the indictment "falls squarely within that portion of the authority granted to the Special Counsel".

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