A federal judge in Virginia ruled Tuesday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s case against Paul Manafort for charges of financial fraud can go forward.
U.S. District Judge T. S. Ellis III issued a 31-page opinion stating it was clear that Mueller’s team was working within its authority to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election as it prosecuted Manafort for allegedly receiving tens of millions of dollars in payments from political forces in the Ukraine.
Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, will stand trial on July 25 in U.S. District Court in Alexandria if there are no further delays.
Manafort, 69, faces charges in both Alexandria and Washington D.C. of obscuring his work for pro-Russian Ukrainian politician Viktor Yanukovych’s Party of Regions. He has pleaded not guilty in both cases, stating they fall outside of the special counsel’s jurisdiction.
The case in Virginia charges Manafort with using offshore bank accounts to illegally hide millions of dollars prosecutors said he received as from that work and failing to pay taxes on it.