Robert Mueller’s investigation has had its ups and downs.
Often Mueller is dealt a major loss, but occasionally he gets a major win.
And Mueller just got a major win, and he is about to use it to turn a Trump allie’s life upside down.
Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s worst decision of his life was working for President Trump’s campaign.
It wasn’t because of anything that he did on the campaign trail, but rather what he allegedly did years before.
When Robert Mueller opened up his Russia collusion investigation, he had a list of targets he was going to try to bring down.
Manafort was on that list, and while Mueller could not find any proof of him colluding with Russia, he did find some alleged crimes he committed.
Manafort was indicted on charges of bank fraud and tax evasion, as well as other financial crimes.
Those crimes did not stem from the Trump campaign, but were found while Mueller was in the midst of the investigation.
Manafort was placed on house arrest, and later jailed for alleged witness tampering. He is currently in jail, where he was handed good news that was shortly replaced with the worst news possible.
U.S. District Judge Ellis III gave Manafort hope after aggressively questioning whether Mueller had the authority to prosecute Manafort.
After all, from the outside it does not appear to have anything to do with the investigation, and seems like a witch hunt arrest.
Judge Ellis initially stated that he couldn’t find any connection between the Manafort case and “anything the special counsel is authorized to investigate.”
But while things seemed like they were looking up for Manafort, that didn’t last long, and Ellis changed his mind.
He stated that after reviewing the situation further, he felt that Mueller’s team had properly “followed the money paid by pro-Russian officials” to Manafort.
This means that the case against Manafort can go to trial in Virginia next month.
But even after a federal judge who once sided with Manafort changed his mind, many are still skeptical about Mueller’s authority to prosecute him.
With the charges having nothing to do with his stint at President Trump’s campaign manager, it seems as though he was specifically targeted by Mueller.
Even more troubling, it seems as though Manafort had been investigated while still serving on the Trump campaign. When President Trump found out about this he took to Twitter to question the FBI and Justice Department.
Trump wanted to know why he was not told about the Manafort investigation during the campaign.
As only one of two people left who could become President, why wouldn’t the FBI or Department of “Justice” have told me that they were secretly investigating Paul Manafort (on charges that were 10 years old and had been previously dropped) during my campaign? Should have told me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2018
Trump brought up the fact that the charges were ten years old and previously dropped. This is relevant because despite that fact, many in the media are using his arrest to allude towards there being substance to Mueller’s investigation.
One thing is extremely clear. Paul Manafort is in trouble. But what is even more clear is that President Trump had nothing to do with it.
Robert Mueller is so afraid of his Russia investigation destroying his case against Manafort that he is fighting to stop his legal team from mentioning the possibility of being targeted by Mueller for his role in the Trump campaign.
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