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Judge finds Manafort prosecution 'distasteful,' but allows case to proceed - Source Stamfordadvocate

Posted on Jun 27,2018
Filed Under Local Politics , Politics,

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Source Stamfordadvocate

A federal judge in Virginia concluded Tuesday that special counsels are given too much latitude and that the current one is prosecuting Paul Manafort only so he will offer evidence against President Donald Trump.

But those thoughts do little for the ex-lobbyist, because Judge T.S. Ellis III ultimately ruled that Robert Mueller III's prosecution of Manafort on bank and tax fraud charges can go forward.

"Although this case will continue, those involved should be sensitive to the danger unleashed when political disagreements are transformed into partisan prosecutions," the judge wrote.

If there are no further delays, the July 25 trial in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, will be the first case brought by Mueller's team to come before a jury.

Source Stamfordadvocate

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