US Judge Says Mueller Prosecutes Manafort Only to Get to Trump

Posted May 05, 2018

Manafort's lawyers argued at a hearing in Alexandria that the charges are far afield from Mueller's mandate to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether any collusion occurred.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III grilled the special counsel's team for almost an hour, questioning their "unfettered power" to prosecute and their desire to "tighten the screws" on Manafort, according to NBC's Ken Dilanian.

Mueller overstepped his authority by charging Manafort with crimes unrelated to collusion with Russian Federation.

Ellis added: "I don't see what relationship this indictment has with anything the special counsel is authorised to investigate". "You really care about what information he might give you about Mr. Trump and what might lead to his impeachment or prosecution".

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Instead, Ellis reportedly tried several times to have the Mueller lawyers say the charges were instead meant to have Manafort "sing", or testify, against Trump in some way. To Ellis, this logic amounted to the special counsel's office saying "We said this was what [the] investigation was about, but we are not bound by it and we were lying". 'We are not separate from the Justice Department'.

"The American people feel pretty strongly that no one has unfettered power", Ellis continued.

Echoing Cramer's view that prosecutors build cases all the time against powerful figures by prosecuting lower-level actors who then cooperate, Whiting said "most people would agree that's what we want prosecutors to do: focus their work on higher-level criminal actors".

"Whether the special counsel wants Manafort to flip is not relevant to the question of whether this indictment is within the scope of his jurisdiction", he wrote. He noted that the law authorizing the special counsel was passed to replace the old independent counsel law, which was derided for allowing overbroad, yearslong investigations during the Reagan and Clinton administrations. "If the judge considers Mueller's motivation in bringing the indictment and dismisses it, that's reversible error". She has also not yet ruled on the motion.

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Ellis questioned how Mueller could prosecute financial crimes dating back a decade without charging Manafort for his election activities.

In federal court in the District of Columbia, Judge Amy Jackson has already tossed out a lawsuit seeking to bar the special counsel from bringing any future charges against Manafort.

The Virginia indictment alleges Manafort hid millions of dollars he earned as an adviser to pro-Russia politicians in Ukraine from the Internal Revenue Service before Donald Trump ran for president. The judge appeared receptive, at least in part, to Manafort's lawyer's argument that because the counts are not directly related to the Russian Federation investigation, they should be dismissed.

"This reported refusal to cooperate with the Mueller probe also sends a worrying signal - to the Ukrainian people as well as the global community - about your government's commitment more broadly to support justice and the rule of law", the senators wrote.

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