Judge declines to throw out Manafort charges


President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was handed a setback Friday as a judge rejected his attempt to throw out some of the criminal charges against him.

Manafort had argued that he had been charged twice for the same offense of lying to the government and that the piling up of the charges could prejudice a jury against him.

But U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson says in a ruling that any harm to Manafort at this stage in his criminal case could be handled by “proper” jury instructions.

Jackson dismissed Manafort’s motion without prejudice, allowing him to revisit it after his trial, scheduled for September.

In addition to the lying charges, Manafort is accused of acting as an unregistered foreign agent and carrying out a money-laundering conspiracy.

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