Did you read beyond the first sentence of the article? It has nothing to do with Manafort but at least it does deal with Russia. I like this bit of bullshit.
A federal judge appointed by President Donald Trump ruled Monday that special counsel Robert Mueller's probe is constitutional and legitimate, rejecting an effort by a Russian company -- accused of financing a massive political influence operation in the United States -- to stamp out the ongoing investigation. (Go down the page for the contradiction) Concord pleaded not guilty to the charges and though the indicted Russians aren't expected to participate in the proceedings, the firm tapped American attorneys to represent it in court, a move seen as an attempt to gain insight into the evidence Mueller has gathered.
On one hand Concord wants to "stamp out the investigation" and on the other wants to fight its case in court. These are mutually diametric stories. How about Concord feels it is innocent of the charges and wants its day in court, what any defendant is entitled to. And yeah, they want "to gain insight into the evidence Mueller has gathered." That's called "discovery" another thing any defendant gets in a fair trial. And good on the judge for allowing the case to proceed. And that is probably because she is a Trump appointee! Mueller will shit when he can't come up with real evidence against the Russians. Now this
is the trial I want to see.