Ex-Trump campaign chair asks judge to dismiss charges

Paul Manafort. (File, AP)
Paul Manafort. (File, AP)

Washington - The former chairperson of President Donald Trump's campaign has asked a judge in Washington to dismiss the criminal charges against him.

Paul Manafort faces a separate indictment in Virginia. He filed the motion to dismiss late on Wednesday night.

His arguments largely mimic a lawsuit he filed in January challenging the authority of special counsel Robert Mueller to prosecute him.

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Manafort's lawyers say Mueller exceeded his authority in prosecuting him since the allegations against him predate the 2016 presidential election.

Mueller was appointed to investigate potential co-ordination between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Motions to dismiss are commonly filed in criminal cases but very rarely granted by judges.

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