ALEXANDRIA, Virginia – A federal judge in Virginia said he would refuse bank fraud and tax evasion charges against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman on allegations of leaks on Friday
Paul Manafort's attorneys' lawsuit In late July, they said they could apply for his case to be transferred to another city after district judge TS Ellis III made it clear he would not throw the case away.
The efforts of Manafort's lawyers come after a series of setbacks in their attempts to file a lawsuit against him, which was thrown out by two different judges.
Manafort is accused of hiding Virginia with tens of millions of dollars from the IRS, which he deserves, advising pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine. He is also being tried in Washington and has been imprisoned until the trial.
Manafort's lawyers had asked the judge to produce a press release saying they could have a jury against him. But Ellis said he was not inclined to do that.
Nonetheless, Friday's media contacts came when FBI special agent Jeff Pfeiffer said Justice Department officials had met with reporters for The Associated Press in April 2017
At this meeting, Pfeiffer said, a reporter discussed a storage unit kept by Manafort, which was later invaded by federal agents.
In a statement, AP spokeswoman Lauren Easton said AP journalists had contacted representatives of the Justice Department in an effort to obtain information about stories they reported, as did the reporters. During the meeting, they asked the DOJ representatives for a Paul Manafort warehouse without naming its name or location.
The meeting took place about a month before the appointment of Special Counselor Robert Mueller between Trump's election campaign and Russia during the 2016 elections and a possible obstruction of justice by Trump.
This investigation led to the criminal prosecution of Manafort for several financial reasons Allegations and allegations that he acted as an unregistered foreign agent on behalf of Ukraine Interests
It is unclear whether the meeting referred to by Pfeiffer was the first time that Justice Department officials learned of the camp unit During his testimony, Pfeiffer said he had learned of the unit either through his investigation efforts or through a meeting with the AP.
The agent testified that he had withdrawn the meeting with reporters in anticipation of receiving information. During the meeting, officials of the Ministry of Justice noted "refused yourself "to answer the questions or comments of the reporters.
Following a briefing by Manafort lawyer Thomas Zehnle, Pfeiffer was questioned about the notes of the officers in the room and handed over by the special counseling center for the defense of Manafort on Friday
According to the parts of the records read in court, an official said that the AP reporters asked if they were "on the ground" in their coverage. One official replied that the reporters "seemed to have a good understanding of Manafort's business relationships."
Asked who was in the room, Pfeiffer said he did not remember the names of the reporters, but the names of the FBI agents and the Justice Department officials, including Andrew Weissman, who was the head of the Department of Justice's fraud department. Weissmann later joined Mueller's team and is one of the leading lawyers pursuing Manafort.
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