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Judge refuses to toss Manafort charges; another judge has yet to rule

Judge refuses to toss Manafort charges; another judge has yet to rule

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson found that Rosenstein's continuing consultation with and supervision of Mueller negated that argument, and said that those outside the Justice Department can't enforce internal policies thus "Manafort cannot predicate a motion to dismiss on the regulations".

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

Manafort's defense team argued Mueller didn't have the authority to file certain charges.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has "rejected the history and integrity of the DOJ, and instead licensed a Special Counsel who for all practical political purposes can not be fired, to indict a case that has absolutely nothing to do with any links or coordination between any candidate and the Russian Government", Concord wrote in its filing, echoing claims made by the Trump administration.

Special counsel Robert Mueller was working within his authority when he brought charges against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, a federal judge in Washington ruled on Wednesday.

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.




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

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".

"Given the combination of his prominence within the campaign and his ties to Ukrainian officials supported by and operating out of Russia, as well as to Russian oligarchs, Manafort was an obvious person of interest", the ruling said.

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.

U.S. district judge Amy Jackson declined to throw out the case against Manafort, who faces two indictments from the special counsel.

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