REPORT: Mueller Team Made “Glaring Factual Error” In Manafort Indictment
Despite the mainstream media’s glowing praise of Robert Mueller as an honorable man who served his country with distinction, it has become clear as day that the Special Counsel is a show boat on a mission to take down President Trump.
In fact, Mueller is so focused on bringing charges against those in President Trump’s past and present orbit that he may have made a grave error in his indictment of former campaign chair Paul Manafort.
That indictment, signed October 27, 2017, was finally made public this morning. Manafort and Gates surrendered themselves to the FBI soon thereafter. But a cursory glance at the indictment itself should provide their attorneys with at least one point of contention.
Midway through the charging documentation–on page 16 of the 31-page indictment–is a reference to Viktor Yanukovych, the former president of the Ukraine and one of Manafort’s former clients. Manafort is accused of failing to have registered as a lobbyist for Yanukovych in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act(“FARA”), amongst other various crimes detailed therein.
Contained within that reference to Yanukovych is a glaring and atypically sophomoric error that could have easily been avoided or remedied with a simple Google search by someone–an intern, maybe–amongst Mueller’s legion of lawyers.
Yulia Tymoshenko did not precede Yanukovych as the president of the Ukraine. It appears Team Mueller is unaware of the fact that Tymoshenko was never the president of the Ukraine. Tymoshenko lost both times (2010 and 2014) to Yanukoych, becoming second in the Parliament.
Reporter Colin Kalmbacher called the oversight a “massive error of fact… it’s an error which bears upon the credibility of the team now seeking to prosecute the men named in the indictment.”
One must ask themselves if Mueller’s team can’t get basic history correct, can we trust the probe and those running it, to get the facts straight?
As The Gateway Pundit previously reported, news of the charges were leaked to CNN on Friday evening, signaling Mueller, despite coming after Manafort for alleged crimes which largely took place before Donald Trump announced his candidacy for President, aimed to maximize the coverage of the ensuing events.
One aspect of the Manafort case which has largely gone unreported is whether or not the former Trump official’s constitutional rights were violated. Rachel Stockman, a Yale Law School educated journalist for LawNewz believes there is strong evidence suggesting Mueller’s team violated Manafort’s constitutional rights.
In a surprise raid on July 26th, FBI agents busted into Manafort’s home in Alexandria, Virginia to collect documents and other materials related to the FBI probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians. At the time, Manafort’s attorney raised concerns about how the raid was conducted. In order for the feds to obtain a warrant, a federal judge would have to determine that probable cause existed that a crime was committed. As part of the warrant, investigators attached an affidavit which contained a list of items that FBI agents hoped to collect. That’s where the trouble appears to be in Manafort’s case.
As a legal website, we were immediately drawn to the revelation that evidence was collected that may not have been covered by the warrant. That’s a serious development, and one that Manafort’s attorneys will no doubt seize upon. But, is it necessarily illegal? Did the agents do anything wrong? It’s not clear. It certainly could raise some serious constitutional issues that could taint the investigation.
“If they (investigators) had any kind of heads up, and they went beyond the scope of the warrant, that could be a problem,” Former federal prosecutor Henry Hockeimer, told LawNewz.
“Generally if agents seize privileged materials, (Manafort) could argue the entire search was tainted, they went beyond the scope of the warrant, a defense attorney could make some hay out of this,” Hockeimer added.
Over the summer, the Washington Post reported the FBI raided former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s Alexandria home late last month. A New York Times report alleges the FBI seized “tax documents and foreign banking records.”