"I don't see what relation this indictment has with what the special counsel is authorized to investigate", U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III said at a hearing.
"You really care about getting information Mr. Manafort can give you that would reflect on Mr. Trump and lead to his prosecution or impeachment", Ellis added, according to The Washington Post.
Mueller overstepped his authority by charging Manafort with crimes unrelated to collusion with Russian Federation.
The longtime lobbyist has argued that Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein overstepped, giving the special counsel's office a "blank check" to go after Manafort for conduct the Justice Department was investigating as early as 2014.
Manafort and Gates are just one of a number of people targeted by Mueller, who was originally tasked with investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
"I'll be the judge of that", Ellis said.
Scores killed in Adamawa blasts
More than 30,000 people have been killed in the insurgency, which has also forced some two million to flee their homes. According to reports, the explosion was caused by suicide bombers, who detonated their bomb vests at the busy market.
He is tasked with investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to tilt the 2016 race in his favor and whether Trump sought to obstruct justice when he fired James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director last May. The tax charges against Manafort had to be brought in Virginia, though, for jurisdictional reasons. 'We are not separate from the Justice Department'. Manafort is also charged in Washington with money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent of Ukraine.
That challenge led Mueller's team to include a memo written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the probe following Attorney General Jeff Sessions's recusal previous year.
Along with his former business associate Rick Gates, Manafort was initially indicted in October 2017 on multiple counts that included: conspiracy against the US, conspiracy to launder money, false statements and failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts.
The letter also includes questions the senators have about Mr. Lutsenko's office allegedly preventing the issuing of subpoenas to collect evidence and interview witnesses in four open cases related to former Trump campaign chairmanPaul Manafort.
To Ellis, this logic amounted to the special counsel's office saying "We said this was what [the] investigation was about, but we are not bound by it and we were lying". The trail is set to begin on July 10, 2018.
At a May hearing, where Manafort's team sought to dismiss an 18-count indictment against him, a federal judge accused Mueller's team of targeting Manafort to get information to take down Trump. Nothing I want to do more, because we did nothing wrong.
Ellis is overseeing one of two indictments against Manafort.
Missile strikes kill pro-Assad forces in Syria
The Syrian president, for his part, said that escalating aggression on Syria will enhance Syrians' resolve to eliminate terrorism. Earlier on Monday, Syrian TV reported a "new aggression", with missiles targeting military outposts in northern Syria .
Lightning strike and fire cause of Telstra outage
People are being advised to call 131 444 if they are experiencing an emergency and can't get through to 000 at the present time. There are still intermittent interruptions to E000 calls in NSW, Victoria and WA following the cable cut in NSW earlier today .
Marvel Premieres Full Trailer For Ant-Man and The Wasp
Considering how large and expansive Infinity War is, it's nice to be a little grounded (these will be the last puns, I swear). It's possible this has created a domino effect where Ant-Man has had to be shifted to best maximise the two films.
Has Israel acted appropriately at the Gaza border?
According to experts, the main goal of the President of the Palestinian national authority Mahmoud Abbas consolidate his power. But it has defended the shrinking permit numbers from Gaza, saying Hamas exploits travelers to smuggle money or weapons.
Antetokounmpo's clutch tip-in boosts Bucks
For Boston , Stevens gave Greg Monroe just five minutes in Game 4 after he was effective in Game 3 , posting a double-double. The stakes couldn't be much clearer or more well-defined for the Celtics and Bucks heading into Tuesday's game at TD Garden.
Matches to Make After Bellator 198
Meanwhile, Rafael Lovato Jr. locked in an armbar on Gerald Harris to get a victory a little over a minute into their bout. Putin has attended Emelianenko's fights, and the 41-year-old fighter has been photographed with the Russian president.