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The response from Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law professor and author of ‘The case Against impeachment trump.’
A Federal judge in Washington on Wednesday, a request from the former trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort to evidence press seized from his Virginia condo last year as part of the Special Counsel, Robert Müller Russia investigation is rejected.
In her ruling, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson claims Manafort rejected the lawyers that the search warrant was a command to “unconstitutionally overbroad.”
To believe “in view of the nature of the investigation that [was not a federal search warrant too broad,” Jackson wrote, “and the affidavit set out sufficient reason, that it be relevant to material on the premises …”
Federal agents in the Alexandria residence on July 26 of last year, the seizure of financial documents, two computers, several thumb and external hard drives, an iPod, two iPads and an iPhone.
Manafort is accused of several financial crimes in connection with lobbying work for a pro-Russian party in Ukraine. The first of his two upcoming exams, in Virginia, is expected next week.
On Tuesday, Miller’s office asked the judge in the Virginia-force study, the five potential witnesses to testify under the condition of immunity. Prosecutors apply for what is known as “use immunity”, which would mean that the testimony could not be used against you, unless they were false statements.
In a court filing, Miller ‘ s office U.S. district judge T. S. Ellis III said that the specified five unidentified persons, they would be violated neither witnesses nor other information “on the basis of their privileges.”
MÜLLER WANTS IMMUNITY, ANONYMITY FOR 5 “POTENTIAL WITNESSES” IN MANAFORT TEST VERSION
Also Tuesday, Ellis denied Manafort’s request to move the trial of Alexandria, in a suburb of Washington DC, to the more sparsely populated southwestern Virginia city of Roanoke.
Manafort’s lawyers said extensive pretrial media coverage in the Washington region had mixed with Manafort right to a fair trial. She also said that the population in the Northern Virginia area, where the Alexandria jury-pool would be Hillary Clinton voted strongly in favor of the Democrats over Trump, the 2016 presidential elections.
But Ellis rejected the argument, namely, the attention of the media in the case would be the same in Alexandria, ” as it would be in Roanoke or Kansas City or Dallas.”
He said there was no evidence that potential jurors were biased in the region politically, and that, in any case, the jurors of the ” political tendencies, which are by itself not evidence that they take quite a case.
“It would be inappropriate for courts to move studies around the country, in cases of this kind to a district could be found, where the defendant shared his political views were, who wrote at least as many people in the district than those with contrary views,” Ellis.
Fox News’ Jake Gibson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.