Paul Manafort departs Federal District Court after a hearing, Thursday, April 19, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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A U.S. judge expressed skepticism Thursday as a lawyer for President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort sought to convince her to dismiss charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. During a hearing, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson questioned Manafort's attorney Kevin Downing and his reading of Department of Justice guidelines governing Mueller's investigation involving Russia and the 2016 U.S. election.While Manafort has pleaded not guilty, Mueller has extracted guilty pleas from other former campaign figures, including Manafort's former deputy and business partner Rick Gates.Rosenstein appointed Mueller in May 2017 to investigate whether Trump's presidential campaign colluded with Russia and gave Mueller the power to investigate any other matters that arise from the probe.
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