USA judge questions special counsel Robert Mueller's powers in Paul Manafort case

USA judge questions special counsel Robert Mueller's powers in Paul Manafort case

Trump's praise came after a federal judge in Virginia cast doubts over Mueller's case with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort that could lead to the judge dismissing an indictment.

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Manafort's lawyers argued at a hearing in Alexandria that the tax and bank fraud charges are far afield from Mueller's mandate to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether any coordination with Trump associates occurred.

Manafort has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges brought before him.

In the summer of 2014, an Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent questioned Manafort at his attorney's office in Washington, DC. Still, Manafort faces an indictment in Washington on charges that he laundered millions of dollars and failed to register as a foreign agent of Ukraine.

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Manafort is the subject of two indictments from the special counsel Robert Mueller's office.

Top Senate Democrats are pushing Ukrainian officials to explain allegations that they're not cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation because they fear President Trump.

A GOP operative who worked for former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, Manafort reportedly began his work in Republican politics in the 1970s.

He quoted the Wall Street Journal's headline, "Judge Questions Mueller's Authority to Prosecute Manafort", and the headline run by CNN, "Judge in Manafort case says Mueller's aim is to hurt Trump".

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Ellis also said that he thought that what Manafort was being accused of was beyond the scope of Mueller's legal authority.

Michael Dreeben, a deputy solicitor general working with Mueller, argued the special counsel's investigative scope covered the activity in the indictment.

Trump bemoaned that he was the victim of a "phony Russian Federation witch hunt" and said the news story vindicated his position.

The judge's unusually provocative remarks and questions don't necessarily indicate how he will rule, but they put Mueller's team on the defensive.

"We don't want anyone in this country with unfettered power".

After an interesting Friday morning, which included President Donald Trump saying that his new attorney Rudy Giuliani would be getting his "facts straight" on the Stormy Daniels payment (and Giuliani did attempt to do this in a statement), Trump made an appearance in Dallas, Texas at the NRA Convention.

The judge, at one point, even tried to ask why the government would take over an existing criminal case in Virginia against Manafort - but then hand off another matter concerning President Trump's attorney Michael Cohen to NY.

Mueller, 69, stands accused of financial crimes arising from his consulting work in Ukraine, but his legal team wants the case dismissed because it has nothing to do with the investigation into alleged Russian Federation government collusion in the 2016 presidential campaign.

As an example, he pointed to the FBI probe into Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, and said the special counsel had turned that matter over to federal prosecutors in Manhattan. Ellis said. "Tell me how". Breeden said the Manafort case is different.

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