Kevin Downing, a defense lawyer for Paul Manafort, on Monday criticized as “ridiculous” the charges brought against President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman arising from the special counsel’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Downing, who resigned from the law firm Miller & Chevalier two weeks after taking Manafort’s case in August, had earlier appeared with his client in response to an indictment that alleged money laundering, tax evasion and unregistered foreign lobbying. Manafort pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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