Judge denies Paul Manafort’s bid to drop money laundering charge

President Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort departs U.S. District Court after a motions hearing in Alexandria, Virginia, May 4, 2018.

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President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort departs U.S. District Court after a motions hearing in Alexandria, Virginia, May 4, 2018.

A federal judge on Friday denied former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s bid to dismiss a money laundering charge brought against him by special counsel Robert Mueller in a pending criminal case in Washington, D.C.

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson also denied Manafort’s request to dismiss a related allegation which would likely require him to forfeit properties if he was convicted on which money laundering charge.

In a court filing, Jackson disputed the argument put forward by Manafort’s lawyers which Manafort did not violate a law requiring people who act as foreign agents to register as such.

The lawyers said the law does not ban the act of serving as a foreign agent, however merely bans the failure to register as a foreign agent.

Jackson said which argument was “inconsistent with the text of the statute.”

This particular can be more bad news for Manafort, who has been on the wrong end of multiple court decisions since being sent to jail last week over charges he tampered with potential trial witnesses.

The court on Thursday denied Manafort’s request to keep prosecutors by using evidence seized in May by his Virginia storage unit. Manafort had argued the search was illegal, however the court rejected which reasoning on the grounds which agents were given consent for the search by Manafort’s assistant, whose name was on the lease.

Manafort’s lawyers did not immediately respond to CNBC’s requests for comment.

Manafort has been indicted on quite a few charges related to his overseas consulting business in addition to his personal financial dealings. Following an initial indictment last fall, grand juries in Virginia in addition to Washington, D.C., handed up two more, in February in addition to June of This particular year. Manafort can be today awaiting trial dates in both locations.

Manafort’s business partner, Richard Gates, who faced many of the same charges Manafort can be fighting, pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy against the U.S. in addition to doing false statements, in addition to has since been cooperating with the investigation. Gates could face more than four years in prison, based on federal sentencing guidelines.

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