Mueller Files Request For 150 Blank Subpoenas in Manafort Case
Shut it down.
On Wednesday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed a request for 150 blank subpoenas in the Eastern District of Virginia, where former Trump campaign Chair Paul Manafort resides.
Blank subpoenas allow Mueller’s team to fill in names later as long as it is done before the subpoenas are served.
Manafort is facing federal tax and bank fraud charges in a Virginia court stemming from his bail package.
The Washington Examiner reported:
Special counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday filed a request for 150 blank subpoenas in the Eastern District of Virginia, where former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort lives.
The two-page filing reveals little, but says that that each subpoena recipient must appear in the Alexandria, Va., courthouse on July 25 to testify in the case.
Judge T.S. Ellis III has now moved the trial date twice, first from July 10 to July 24, and then from that date to July 25.
The 150 blank subpoenas amount to 75 total possible subpoenas — in each case, a subpoena is needed for the witness and another is needed for the defense. Court documents filed in April show that Mueller’s team was pushing to subpoena 35 witnesses in the trial.
The document says each recipient “must also bring with you the following documents, electronically stored information or objects” — but what follows that line is under seal.
As previously reported, Robert Mueller sought 70 blank subpoenas in the Manafort case on May 3rd, according to a court filing.
Paul Manafort was hit with another indictment by Robert Mueller Friday for ‘witness tampering,’ after his iCloud account was raided.
Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort is battling Mueller in court.
Paul Manafort first made arguments in a suit with Robert Mueller, Rod Rosenstein and Jeff Sessions as Head of the DOJ, related to illegalities in the way that Rosenstein set up the Mueller special counsel. Rosenstein’s special counsel order was not based on a crime and unconstitutionally stated that Mueller could basically look at anything he wanted to look at. These provisions are against the law and are now for the courts to settle.
In addition to the above suit, Robert Barnes recently wrote at Law and Crimes that Mueller’s actions not related to the 2016 campaign are outside the scope of Jeff Sessions recusal as AG and therefore unconstitutional.
In early April, Mueller and Rosenstein presented to the courts a rebuttal for Manafort’s latest action – they presented a previously undisclosed memo to a federal court in Washington supposedly addressing Manafort’s argument. The problem is it doesn’t.
The memo is dated August 2, 2017 and is from Rosenstein to Mueller supposedly directing Mueller to look into Manafort actions with a Russian operative perhaps before 2016. This however is clearly outside the scope of Sessions’ recusal as argued by Manafort and doesn’t even address Manafort’s argument that these actions are not for Mueller to take or Rosenstein to order but are Sessions actions alone as AG.
Mueller and Rosenstein are out of control. The witch hunt must be shut down.