Judge Accuses Mueller Team of Prosecuting Manafort to Get Info on Trump

Matt Rourke  AP

Manafort maintains his innocence.

"You don't really care about Mr. Manafort", Ellis told Mueller's team, according to a Fox News report.

Manafort is also facing a broader indictment in the District of Columbia, where the special counsel has brought the bulk of charges.

Most of the charges against Manafort relate to his lobbying work for the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian interests.

Ellis said it appeared that prosecutors were using the indictment of Manafort to pressure him to cooperate against President Donald Trump.

"We are not operating with unfettered power", Breeden replied. "It's unlikely you're going to persuade me the special counsel has unlimited powers to do anything her or she wants".

"We don't want anyone in this country with unfettered power", he said.

Manafort's lawyers have tried to have the charges against him in both Virginia and Washington, D.C., federal court dismissed for several months now.




President Trump's former marketing campaign supervisor Paul Manafort smiles as he and his legal professional Kevin Downing depart U.S. District Courtroom after a motions listening to in Alexandria, Va., Might 4, 2018.

Mueller has charged President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman with conspiracy, money-laundering, and acting as an unregistered foreign agent for the former Ukrainian president, as part of Mueller's probe into the case of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion between the Kremlin and Trump. The hearing ended without a ruling, and Ellis didn't say when he would decide the matter in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia. He asked the special counsel's office to share privately with him a copy of deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein's August 2017 memo elaborating on the scope of Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. He said the current version he has has been heavily redacted.

Parenthetically, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has never publicly explained why most, if not all, of the attorneys hired in the Russian Federation collusion investigation have ties to Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.

"I've been saying that for a long time".

Trump said, as he often does, that "It's a witch hunt".

The three senators - Robert Menendez of New Jersey, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Dick Durbin of IL and Patrick Leahy of Vermont - wrote a letter Friday to Ukraine Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko, expressing concern about a recent New York Times report quoting Ukrainian government officials saying its relationship with the USA and Trump administration is too valuable to jeopardize in any way. "It's from years before".

He then said Judge Ellis "is really something special, I hear from many standpoints".

Earlier this year, it surfaced that Rosenstein also sent a memo to Mueller in August outlining the full scope of his mandate and specific threads he was allowed to investigate.

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