Judge rules Mueller probe can't be discussed at second Manafort trial: report

Judge rules Mueller probe can't be discussed at second Manafort trial: report
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A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's probe into alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign cannot be discussed at the upcoming trial of former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortREAD: Hannity, Manafort messages released by judge Manafort, Hannity talk Trump, Mueller in previously undisclosed messages FBI, warned early and often that Manafort file might be fake, used it anyway MORE.

Reuters reports that the judge ruled in a pre-trial hearing that Mueller's Russia investigation could not be discussed in Manafort's second criminal trial, which is slated to begin later this month in Washington, D.C.

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Manafort faces seven charges, including illegal foreign lobbying and conspiracy to launder money. The charges have no direct links to the Russia-oriented accusations against Trump.

Sam Patten, a former associate of Manafort, pleaded guilty last week to illegally acting as a foreign agent. He is now cooperating with the federal government.

Manafort was convicted last month on eight counts of bank and tax fraud.

Opening statements for Manafort's second trial are scheduled for Sept. 24, a week after jury selection begins.