A judge has decided to not dismiss money laundering charges against Paul Manafort.
This is another blow to Manafort, who can't seem to catch a break. It seems as though anything Mueller requests gets the ok, while anything Manafort requests gets shot down. Manafort has been dealt his cards whether he likes it or not, and no one seems interested in negotiating or having a little mercy on the guy.
As reported by reuters.com
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday dealt another blow to U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, refusing to dismiss a money laundering charge brought against him by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson’s ruling was the latest setback for Manafort, whose charges stem from Mueller’s ongoing investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Jackson a week ago ordered Manafort jailed pending trial after Mueller filed fresh charges against him over alleged witness tampering while he was under house arrest.
Manafort is facing separate indictments in Washington and Virginia, with charges ranging from conspiring to launder money and failing to register as a foreign agent for the former pro-Russia Ukrainian government, to bank and tax fraud.
He has pleaded not guilty to the charges, none of which are related his work on Trump’s 2016 campaign. His Washington trial is due to begin in September and his Virginia trial in July.
Should Manafort get a break, or should they throw the book at him? Some believe Manafort has been treated unfairly by this entire ordeal, including leading legal experts. Is this all a big plan to put so much pressure on Manafort that he ultimately gives them something to use against Trump? The problem is Trump doesn't have any dirt to be used against him.
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