Is special counsel Robert Mueller set to hit another low with a second indictment of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort? According to legal experts, the answer might be “yes.”
Daily Beast reports:
In Washington legal circles, there’s a broad expectation that Mueller will file what’s called a superseding indictment of Manafort and Rick Gates, his erstwhile business partner—and alleged partner in crime. […]
“I would expect a superseding indictment to come down relatively soon,” said Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University’s law school.
“There was much in the narrative of the indictment that referenced crimes not charged,” he added. “Prosecutors will often issue a superseding indictment as the grand jury continues its work. There’s also a tactical reason for this, that superseding indictments tend to grind defendants a bit more over time.”
A superseding indictment would essentially replace the current indictment of Manafort. And in that current indictment, Mueller’s team hinted there was more to come. In particular, they hinted at potential tax charges for Manafort’s foreign financial transactions.
The indictment would represent a new low for Mueller, who has systematically targeted current and former Trump officials for matters unrelated to the probe’s mandate; finding collusion between President Trump and Russia during the 2016 presidential election (which has remained unproven thus far).
On December 15th, a U.S. District Court judge announced that she would be releasing Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort from house arrest so long as he met a handful of conditions.
Paul Manafort paid his $10 million bail, but that comes with a number of strings attached that restrict the former political consultant.
In the order, Judge Amy Berman Jackson stated that Manafort, who currently is facing charges related to money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent, would still be subject to a curfew and will be required to wear an electronic GPS monitoring device, among other restrictions, according to a Reuters report.
All of Manafort’s charges are not in relation to the Trump campaign or the President and have to do with overseas work Manafort did for an eastern European political party.
Manafort is thought to be “overcharged” and has also been treated extremely unfairly. At one point, his home was raided by FBI agents with their guns drawn and Manafort’s wife was even manhandled by the aggressive agents serving Mueller’s nefarious goals of taking down Trump for the Swamp.