Manafort has not been charged with anything related to the campaign and the judge assured everyone that Russian collusion will not be allowed to be brought into the trial.
A federal judge on Wednesday rejected ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s effort to have his second trial moved to a venue outside Washington D.C.
During a court hearing, District Court Judge Amy Jackson told Manafort’s defense team and prosecutors that she was not convinced by the defense argument that they wouldn't be able to find a fair jury in D.C.
Jackson said “party affiliation” is not necessarily “a predictor of bias," referring to the Manafort team’s assertion that Manafort could not get a fair trial in the District of Columbia, which is overwhelmingly populated by Democrats.
Jackson also signaled Wednesday that she will not allow any discussion of "Russian collusion" during the 2016 campaign into the upcoming trial, though she would allow some mention of Manafort's role as the campaign manager of "a presidential campaign."