REPORT: Special Counsel Robert Mueller Subpoenas Key Manafort Aides
The greatest political witch hunt in U.S. history continues to roll on, as a new report from CNN claims Special Counsel Robert Mueller has issued subpoenas for key aides to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manfort. Of course, we have to take CNN’s reporting with a grain of salt.
The subpoenas seeking documents and testimony were sent to Melissa Laurenza, an attorney with the Akin Gump law firm who until recently represented Manafort, and to Jason Maloni, who is Manafort’s spokesman, according to people familiar with the matter.Manafort is under investigation for possible tax and financial crimes, according to US officials briefed on the investigation. The allegations under investigation largely center on Manafort’s work for the former ruling party in Ukraine, which was ousted amid street protests over its pro-Russian policies.
It’s unclear what specific information the Mueller investigators believe Laurenza and Maloni may have. But issuing subpoenas to a lawyer of someone under investigation is unusual, in part because it raises potential attorney-client privilege issues that prosecutors tend to try to avoid. Maloni, as a public relations representative, doesn’t have the same attorney-client privilege protections.
The GOP president has repeatedly called the Russian media conspiracy the “greatest witch hunt” in history.
You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history – led by some very bad and conflicted people! #MAGA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2017
After months of constant media conspiracy pushing the Russian collusion non-sense a new report shows it was all a hoax.
There was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
FOX News reported:
A new report detailing attempted communications between the Trump campaign and Russia “is concrete evidence the Russia collusion narrative is fake news,” a spokesman for former campaign chairman Paul Manafort said Monday.
An adviser on Trump’s team, George Papadopoulos, offered to set up “a meeting between us and the Russian leadership to discuss US-Russia ties under President Trump,” during the 2016 campaign season, The Washington Post reported. That offer came via an email Papadopoulos allegedly sent to seven campaign officials.
It wasn’t clear if Papadopoulos was acting as an intermediary for the Russian government, but he reportedly told officials with the Trump campaign that he was.
The requests to coordinate the meetings were among more than 20,000 pages of documents submitted to congressional committees this month by the Trump campaign following a review by the White House.
Papadopoulos’ emails were read to The Post by a person with access to them, the paper reported.
Following reports that the FBI raided the home of Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman has decided to switch his legal team. The change comes amid Special Counsel Robert Mueller zeroing in on Manafort.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is changing his attorneys as a federal investigation heats up into his financial transactions, according to people familiar with the matter.
Manafort’s case will now be handled by Miller and Chevalier, a boutique firm in Washington that specializes in complicated financial crimes among other issues, these people said.
A spokesman confirmed the change. “Mr. Manafort is in the process of retaining his former counsel, Miller & Chevalier, to represent him in the office of special counsel investigation. As of today, WilmerHale no longer represents Mr. Manafort,” Jason Maloni said in a statement.
Kevin Downing, a former senior Department of Justice official known for his work representing clients and firms facing complex financial investigations, will be working on the case, one of these people familiar with the matter said. Downing will have help from other lawyers also working on the case.
Reports of Manafort switching up his legal teams comes amid news Special Counsel Robert Mueller issued new subpoenas to obtain additional financial documents connected to Manafort.
Mueller’s team of investigators has sent subpoenas in recent weeks from a Washington grand jury to global banks for account information and records of transactions involving Manafort and some of his companies, as well as those of a long-time business partner, Rick Gates, according to people familiar with the matter.
The special counsel has also reached out to other business associates, including Manafort’s son-in-law and a Ukrainian oligarch, according to one of the people. Those efforts were characterized as an apparent attempt to gain information that could be used to squeeze Manafort, or force him to be more helpful to prosecutors.
Manafort’s spokesman confirmed that FBI agents raided the political consultant’s home in Virginia two weeks ago to secure documents related to the investigation. That raid was initially reported by the Washington Post.
As prosecutors gather many years of information about his financial affairs, Manafort could be dragged deeper into any number of legal disputes. He has a history of doing business with oligarchs and politicians in Ukraine and Russia that predates his political work for Trump, with payments routed through foreign banks and investments in U.S. real estate.
Recently, 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.”