Russian company charged in Mueller probe seeks grand jury materials

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Jay Goldberg, the attorney who represented President Donald Trump for nearly two decades, doesn't think Rudy Giuliani is fit to be handling the legal team tasked with handling special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni issued a statement in response to the ruling.

Concord is one of three entities and 13 Russian individuals charged earlier this year by Mueller's office, in an alleged criminal and espionage conspiracy to meddle in the USA race, boost then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and disparage his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

The charges before Judge Jackson arise out of Manafort's "lobbying and political consulting activities on behalf of Ukraine, the pro-Russia political party in Ukraine, and the former President of Ukraine who fled to Russian Federation in 2014". The charges against him in the Washington case include conspiring to launder money, conspiring to defraud the USA and failing to register as a foreign agent.

Manafort had argued that Mueller has exceeded his investigatory authority and that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's directive for Mueller to pursue "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation" fell outside the scope of Justice Department regulations on special counsels. In Virginia, he faces charges that include bank fraud and filing false tax returns.

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A Russian company is defending themselves against Robert Mueller's probe into the 2016 election by claiming they didn't understand their actions could be illegal. "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. And Donald Trump cited them in a speech to the National Rifle Association to claim that Mueller's indictment is a "phony Russian Federation witch hunt".

Jackson called it "logical and appropriate" for investigators tasked with probing for links between the Russian government and campaign associates "to direct their attention to him".

U.S. district judge Amy Jackson declined to throw out the case against Manafort, who faces two indictments from the special counsel.

That judge, T.S. Ellis III for the Eastern District of Virginia, has yet to rule on whether to dismiss the charges against Manafort.

"It bears emphasizing at this stage that Manafort is presumed to be innocent of these charges, and it will be the prosecution's burden to prove him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt".

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