Judge refuses to dismiss charges against Paul Manafort

Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Tuesday rejected former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s attempt to invalidate the criminal case against him in Washington.

Manafort had claimed special counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment order was too broad, and thus his investigation had overstepped its legal authority.

But Berman Jackson concluded for several reasons that Mueller’s investigation and prosecution of Manafort is legal — and that the special counsel still can maintain some independence while working within the Department of Justice.

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