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  • Judge rejects Manafort's bid to move trial further fro

    07/17/2018 3:12:00 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/17/18 | John Bowden
    A federal judge on Tuesday rejected a motion from former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to move his Virginia trial further from the Washington, D.C., media market. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis denied a motion filed by Manafort's attorneys to move the Virginia trial, scheduled for later this month, from Alexandria, Va., to Roanoke, Va., because his attorneys claimed that relentless media coverage of his role in the Trump campaign and the Russia investigation would taint a potential juror pool. "The mere fact that a case has drawn substantial media attention does not, by itself, warrant a change in venue,"...
  • Mueller seeking immunity for up to 5 people to testify against Manafort

    07/17/2018 12:45:31 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/17/18 | John Bowden
    Attorneys working with the Office of the Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday submitted a request for immunity for up to five witnesses his team have asked to testify against Paul Manafort, former chairman of the Trump campaign. Mueller made the request in a court filing Tuesday afternoon, which also requests that the identity of the potential witnesses remain under seal. According to the filing, the potential witnesses have yet to be publicly identified with the ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russia, and the office wishes to shield them from "undue harassment." "The five individuals identified...
  • Manafort mugshot released

    07/12/2018 10:18:06 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/12/18 | Emily Birnbaum
    The mugshot of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was released on Thursday as he was moved to a jail that is closer to Washington, D.C. A federal judge on Wednesday ordered that Manafort, who was indicted as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, move to the Arlington jail so he could better communicate with his lawyers. The jail where he has spent the past month is in Warsaw, Va., almost 100 miles from the capital. Manafort has been charged with money laundering and bank fraud, among other violations. ETC...
  • Mueller asks court for 100 more blank subpoenas ahead of Manafort trial

    07/11/2018 4:35:33 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/11/18 | Max Greenwood
    Special counsel Robert Mueller is asking a federal court in Virginia for 100 blank subpoenas in the case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. The request was made in a filing on Wednesday. The subpoenas would require their recipients to testify in the U.S. District Court in Alexandria on July 25, when Manafort's trial in Virginia is set to begin. No further information was provided in the filing, and a spokesman for the special counsel did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment. The request comes roughly a month after Mueller filed a request for 150 blank...
  • Byron York: Mueller reveals tenuous link between Manafort charges and Trump

    07/11/2018 10:33:24 AM PDT · by bitt · 25 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 7/10/2018 | byron york
    It's often been observed that special counsel Robert Mueller, assigned to investigate alleged Trump-Russia collusion in the 2016 presidential campaign, has yet to charge anyone with a crime involving Trump-Russia collusion in the 2016 presidential campaign. The biggest of Mueller's indictments, that of one-time Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, has no connection at all to collusion. And until a few days ago, it appeared to have no connection to Donald Trump, either. Now, though, Mueller has revealed why he believes the Manafort prosecution is related to the 2016 Trump campaign. It's a small part, a very small part, of the...
  • This Is Not America: Paul Manafort is Being Tortured in Solitary Confinement by Mueller

    07/10/2018 2:32:06 PM PDT · by detective · 55 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | July 10, 2018 | Jim Hoft
    Shortened title. Full title: his Is Not America: Paul Manafort is Being Tortured in Solitary Confinement by Dirty Cop Mueller and His Corrupt Gang The corrupt and criminal Mueller team worked with Obama Appointed Judge Amy Berman Jackson to place President Trump’s former Campaign Manager Paul Manafort in solitary confinement. This was a conscious action to literally torture Manafort for working with Trump during the campaign. Bernard Kerik at Newsmax wrote an excellent post on why Manafort was placed in solitary confinement. According to Kerik In a very small regional jail in Warsaw, Virginia, sits Bob Mueller’s big fish, Paul...
  • Mueller team asks judge to stop Manafort from using ‘selective prosecution’ argument

    07/09/2018 3:03:40 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/09/18 | Brett Samuels
    Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team on Monday reportedly requested a federal judge prevent former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort from arguing at his trial that he’s the subject of selective prosecution. Bloomberg reported that prosecutors for Mueller asked U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson to stop Manafort from arguing that the special counsel targeted him for “vindictive reasons.” The news outlet reported that prosecutors also requested Berman block Manafort from providing evidence that shows he was investigated, but not charged, prior to Mueller’s appointment last summer. Mueller’s team argued that any suggestion that the special counsel “resurrected” old charges would...
  • Mueller’s ‘Pit Bull’ Arranged Meeting With Reporters To Discuss Manafort Investigation

    07/08/2018 9:38:27 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 44 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11:48 PM 07/08/2018 | Chuck Ross
    Justice Department documents released on Friday confirm that the DOJ attorney known as Robert Mueller’s “pit bull” arranged a meeting with journalists in April 2017 to discuss an investigation into Paul Manafort.The documents show that Andrew Weissmann arranged a meeting with DOJ and FBI officials and four Associated Press reporters on April 11, 2017, just over a month before Mueller was appointed special counsel.Manafort’s lawyers obtained the documents on June 29 and revealed them in a briefing filed in federal court in Virginia. The attorneys are pushing for a hearing into what they say are possible leaks of secret grand...
  • Mueller WILL NOT Present Collusion Evidence At Manafort Trial

    07/08/2018 6:43:58 AM PDT · by qaz123 · 69 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 070718 | Chuck Ross
    Special counsel Robert Mueller said in a court filing Friday that his prosecutors will not present evidence regarding Trump campaign collusion with Russia at an upcoming trial for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. “The government does not intend to present at trial evidence or argument concerning collusion with the Russian government,” reads a filing submitted by Mueller’s team in federal court in Virginia on Friday.
  • Manafort bank fraud trial does have Trump campaign connection, Mueller's team says

    07/06/2018 4:43:00 PM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 68 replies
    (CNN)Prosecutors for special counsel Robert Mueller said in a court filing Friday that they intend to present evidence at the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort that a banking executive allegedly helped Manafort obtain loans of more than $6 million while the banker sought a role in the Trump campaign. Manafort faces trial on bank fraud charges in the Eastern District of Virginia beginning July 25. Until now, there had been no indication that his role in the Trump campaign would become part of the trial, and he had asked the judge to keep details about his ties...
  • Paul Manafort Kept in Solitary Confinement for 23 Hours a Day

    07/06/2018 11:13:31 AM PDT · by Alter Kaker · 115 replies
    Axios ^ | 7/6/2018 | Michael Sykes
    Newly released court documents explain that President Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort is being kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day ahead of his July 25 trial, citing that his safety cannot be guaranteed otherwise while in prison. The big picture: Manafort's bail was revoked by a judge, and his legal team is currently appealing that decision arguing that being imprisoned in such a manner at a facility two hours away from his legal team is hampering his ability to defend himself. Manafort has been indicted on charges including money laundering and bank fraud.
  • Former Skadden Associate Charged in Mueller Probe

    02/20/2018 8:20:55 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies ^ | Feb 20, 2018 | Cogan Schneier
    Skadden partner Gregory Craig, the former White House counsel under President Barack Obama, also worked on the report, as did partners Cliff Stone and Margaret Krawiec. Associates who worked on the report included Alex Haskell, Paul Kerlin, Kara Roseen and Allon Kedem, who is now a lawyer in the solicitor general’s office. Manafort’s indictment claims he likely lobbied and paid at least in part for the report. Van der Zwaan’s case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who also oversees the case against Manafort and Gates. The charges are the latest from Mueller as his activity appears...
  • Manafort Assistant Gave FBI Access to Storage Locker: Testimony

    06/30/2018 9:46:06 AM PDT · by boycott · 45 replies ^ | Mark Hosenball and Nathan Layne
    "Manafort, who is now in jail, has been charged mainly for financial crimes not related to the campaign." .. "The judge rejected Manafort's argument that Mueller lacked authority to prosecute him."
  • 'Even a blind person' can see Mueller using Manafort to 'target' Trump: judge

    06/28/2018 11:10:48 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 21 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 28, 2018 | By Rowan Scarborough
    A federal judge says “even a blind person” can see that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is prosecuting Paul Manafort as a way to acquire evidence against his “true target,” President Trump. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III made the comment in an opinion released this week that nonetheless sided with Mr. Mueller and against Mr. Trump’s former campaign manager. He rejected Mr. Manafort’s argument that the Mueller-brought tax-evasion indictment exceeded the special counsel’s authority and should be dismissed. Judge Ellis, sitting in the Eastern District of Virginia, expressed dismay at the special counsel system and at Mr. Mueller in particular....
  • Court filings show Manafort received $10M loan from Russian lender

    06/27/2018 3:27:01 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 56 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/27/18 | Justin Wise
    Newly released court filings have revealed that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort received a $10 million loan from Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, according to Reuters. The news outlet reports that an affidavit attached to a 2017 search warrant application was unsealed on Wednesday, and it showed that tax returns for a company Manafort and his wife controlled displayed the loan. According to Reuters, the loan reveals closer links than previously known between Manafort and the Russian oligarch who has ties to the Kremlin. FBI agents conducted a raid of Manafort's home in July 2017 after their application was granted....
  • Judge Rejects Manafort Defense Team’s Motion to Dismiss Charges

    06/26/2018 2:37:57 PM PDT · by Lurking Libertarian · 38 replies
    National Review ^ | June 26, 2018 | Jack Crowe
    A federal judge in Virginia ruled Tuesday that Paul Manafort’s prosecution for financial crimes should continue, rejecting his legal team’s argument that the charges should be dismissed because Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office overstepped its authority in bringing them. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III appeared sympathetic to Manafort’s defense in May, aggressively questioning federal prosecutors as to how the charges brought against Manafort, which are related to his foreign lobbying work, were relevant to the special counsel’s probe into election interference. However, Ellis ultimately concluded that Mueller was within his rights to bring the charges, which include financial crimes...
  • Mueller may be preparing to hand off prosecution as part of winding down his investigation

    06/23/2018 10:52:06 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/23/18 | John Bowden
    Robert Mueller may be preparing to wind down the special counsel investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia and hand off at least one prosecution following the probe's conclusion. The Washington Post reports that Mueller has added several prosecutors to his team, specifically assigned to the case against several Russian nationals charged in the alleged effort to spread disinformation using stolen identities during the 2016 election. Mueller's new additions will likely take over that case, which is expected to last longer than the probe into Russian collusion in the election. The Post reports the new hires are...
  • Judge denies Manafort attempt to dismiss money laundering charge

    06/22/2018 9:20:20 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/22/18 | Avery Anapol
    A federal judge rejected a motion by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to dismiss a money laundering charge against him. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson denied the motion in a court filing Friday. Manafort, who is facing numerous charges related to financial crimes, was sent to jail earlier this month after Special Counsel Robert Mueller accused him of witness tampering.
  • ABC News Apologizes After Banner Falsely Claims Paul Manafort Killed Five People

    06/20/2018 11:16:35 AM PDT · by Magnatron · 58 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 20 June 2018 | Alex Griswold
    ABC News issued an apology Wednesday after a banner during a live report claimed that former Donald Trump aide Paul Manafort had admitted to killing five people. The network covered President Donald Trump's afternoon meeting live in anticipation of his announcement that he was issuing a directive to end the practice of separating parents and children caught crossing the border illegally. During the ABC broadcast, the banner briefly displayed the chyron "Manafort pleads guilty to 5 charges of manslaughter." While the former Trump campaign manager is in jail after his bail was revoked, he has not pleaded guilty to any...
  • Manafort in 'solitary confinement' to avoid attack by someone intent......

    06/19/2018 5:23:38 PM PDT · by yoe · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 19, 2018 | Gregg Re, Pamela K. Browne |
    rest of headlind:....on 'street cred,' Trump ex-lawyer says. Video.Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is being held in "solitary confinement" after his bail was revoked, in an "outrageous violation" of his civil liberties, former Trump lawyer John Dowd told Fox News on Tuesday. "Paul is in solitary confinement for his own safety from the general prison population," Dowd said. "The warden is concerned that someone would violently attack Paul just for street cred.