U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Wednesday denied former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s request that evidence obtained from a July raid on his Virginia residence be thrown out for the upcoming trial.
“Given the nature of the investigation, the warrant was not too broad in scope,” Jackson said in her opinion, while also rejecting specifically the arguments Manafort made about the material sought on Manafort’s electronic devices.
“And, even if the Court could find fault with the warrant application if it were reviewing it in the first instance, the agents relied in good faith on a warrant signed by a United States Magistrate Judge,” she said.
Manafort lost a similar request he made in his case in Virginia, and in both cases he has been denied requests that evidence from a search of his storage unit be thrown out. He is facing charges of money laundering, failure to disclose foreign lobbying, bank fraud and tax fraud. He has pleaded not guilty. The trial in Virginia begins next week, and his D.C. case is scheduled for trial in September.
Read Jackson’s opinion on the residence search evidence below: