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A federal judge in Virginia accused Special Counsel Robert Mueller of using Paul Manafort as a means to take down President Donald Trump. Manafort and his team of lawyers filed to have the 18-count indictment dismissed, claiming that Mueller has gone beyond his purview as special counsel.

"You don't really care about Mr. Manafort,” U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III told Mueller’s team. “You really care about what information Mr. Manafort can give you to lead you to Mr. Trump and an impeachment, or whatever."

Ellis opined that Mueller's case against Manafort falls outside the scope of the investigation into collusion with Russia during the 2016 campaign.

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