The Washington Times reports U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III made the comment in an opinion released this week.
The judge rejected Manafort’s argument that Mueller’s tax-evasion indictment exceeded his authority and should be dismissed.
However, the judge wrote in his decision “even a blind person can see that the true target of the Special Counsel’s investigation is President Trump.”
He called it “distasteful” that the charges against Manafort were clearly intended to induce him to cooperate with the Special Counsel.