4th Circ. Mulls New Trial For Ex-Trump Transition Adviser

Law360 (December 11, 2020, 11:37 PM EST) -- A Fourth Circuit panel on Friday waded into federal prosecutors' bid to revive their foreign lobbying prosecution of an ex-business partner of Michael Flynn and adviser to Donald Trump's transition team after a Virginia federal judge last year acquitted him, weighing whether enough evidence was presented at trial.

An attorney at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia and Bijan Rafiekian's defense counsel made dueling arguments over the sufficiency of the evidence shown to jurors in July 2019.

Government attorney Aidan Taft Grano doubled down that his team did show ample evidence to support the two counts of foreign...

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