Manafort Loses Skirmish With Mueller Over Two Search WarrantsBy
Paul Manafort’s defense team can’t review an unredacted affidavit that supported warrants used to search his Alexandria residence, a judge ruled.
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington denied a request by Manafort’s lawyers to review documents that could help them challenge the legal basis for the warrant. The ruling allows Special Counsel Robert Mueller to shield the names of confidential sources.
"There is nothing in the redactions that relates to any of the charges now pending against Manafort or that would be relevant to a challenge to any of the warrants issued based on the affidavits," Jackson said on Tuesday. Multiple affidavits were before Jackson at one point, but the parties resolved their dispute over most of them.
Manafort, who served as chairman of President Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016, faces charges of laundering millions of dollars and acting as an unregistered foreign agent for Ukraine. He has pleaded not guilty. His trial is set for Sept. 17. He also faces trial on tax-related charges in Alexandria, Virginia, on July 24.