PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia lawyer specializing in dealing with issues for western shoppers doing enterprise in Russia and Ukraine says it’s onerous to foretell the place Particular Counsel Mueller’s probe goes from right here.
Lawyer Bruce Marks says it’s necessary to make a distinction on this case that the alleged wrongdoing was centered on Paul Manafort’s dealings with Ukrainian shoppers.
“That is utterly totally different than the so-referred to as ‘Russia conspiracy,’” stated Marks. “There’s no cause to consider, based mostly on this indictment, that the Trump marketing campaign had any collusion with the Russians.”
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The fees embrace conspiracy towards the US, conspiracy to launder cash, being an unregistered agent of a overseas principal – on this case Ukraine, and failure to report overseas financial institution accounts and transactions.
Marks notes the fees towards Manafort, the previous Trump marketing campaign chairman, and former Trump marketing campaign official Rick Gates, are unrelated to the Trump marketing campaign, though it’s potential Mueller might add further expenses. He additionally says when prosecutors put defendants like Manafort within the crosshairs, “typically they supply info that’s useful in a separate sort of investigation.”
Marks’ agency focuses on cross-border business transactions and litigation between Russia, Ukraine, and the US. He was a Republican state senator representing Philadelphia for one yr, in 1994.