Judge Upholds Mueller's Authority To Prosecute Manafort For Ukraine Dealings

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

Referring to Mueller's appointment order, she said that the charges fell "squarely within that portion of the authority granted to the Special Counsel that Manafort finds unobjectionable: the order to investigate 'any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign.' (Manafort had also challenged the provision of the appointment order that said that Mueller could investigate matters "that arose or may arise directly" from the probe)".

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.

"It bears emphasizing at this stage that Manafort is presumed to be innocent of these charges", she said, "But the indictment will not be dismissed, and the matter will proceed to trial". Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment.

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. Manafort has asked a different federal judge there to dismiss his case on similar grounds. At a May 4 hearing, Ellis posed a series of sharp questions to a Justice Department lawyer, suggesting he may dismiss the case. "Thus, the indictment falls well within the authority granted to the special counsel to conduct the ongoing investigation". But in her decision, Judge Amy Berman Jackson wrote, "The [Justice Department] regulations place no boundaries on who can be investigated or what charges can be brought".

In her ruling on Tuesday, Jackson expressed no such qualms about Mueller's authority.

"What they address is who decides who the prosecutor will be", she said. "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", said Jackson, a 2011 Obama appointee.

"Manafort complains that the appointment order 'purports to give the special counsel jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute anything else he might discover during the course of the original investigation", Jackson wrote, "but that is not what the order says". She cited not only the May 2017 appointment order, but also an August 2, 2017, memo by Rosenstein that further detailed the responsibility given to Mueller.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the District of Columbia.

Deputy Solicitor General Michael R. Dreeben had defended the investigation, arguing last month in the District that prosecutors would naturally want to scrutinize Manafort's long-standing ties to Russian-backed politicians, financiers and others and whether any served as "back channels to Russia".

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