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Mueller wins as judge upholds his authority in Manafort case

Robert Mueller. Photo: AP/Evan Vucci

(Bloomberg) -- Special Counsel Robert Mueller prevailed Tuesday when a judge turned down a request by former Trump campaign Chairman Paul Manafort to dismiss a federal indictment accusing him of money laundering and working as an unregistered foreign agent.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington said Mueller didn't overstep his authority by charging Manafort with crimes unrelated to Russian election interference, as defense lawyers claim. A dismissal would have been a blow to Mueller as he faces political attacks by President Donald Trump, congressional Republicans and conservative media. The ruling clears the way for a trial in September...

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