Manafort Wants Charges in Virginia Dismissed, Calls Mueller Probe “Blank Check”

(From ABC News)

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is asking a federal judge to dismiss the most recent charges against him, arguing that special counsel Robert Mueller’s additional indictment in Virginia surpassed the scope of his mandate to investigate Russia meddling in the 2016 election.

The 18-count indictment Mueller filed in Virginia charges Manafort with money laundering and tax evasion, among other counts, and comes after Manafort was indicted on similar charges in Washington, D.C.

In Tuesday’s motion to dismiss, lawyers for Manafort claim that Mueller’s appointment as the special counsel and his broad mandate – to investigate “any matters that arose or may arise directly from” his Russia investigation — are “tantamount to a blank check.”

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