Special Counsel Mueller is having one heck of a time in his case against Paul Manafort involving alleged financial fraud.
The same federal judge who made headlines after ripping Mueller’s team in court, delivered another blow to the Special Counsel on Monday in Virginia. See Below
According to New York Post, Virginia judge T.S. Ellis agreed to Mueller’s request to grant immunity to five of the special counsel’s witnesses in the upcoming trial involving Manafort. But there is one condition that must be met: The witnesses identities all have to be released to the public.
And how is that defeating to Mueller and his team?
As per New York Post:
Mueller’s team wanted the identities of their witnesses to remain confidential, saying in a filing last week that they haven’t been criminally charged and not naming them would avoid “undue harassment.”
Ellis also is ordering Mueller’s team to hand over their list of roughly 30 witnesses to Manafort’s lawyers, which is another win for President Trump’s former campaign manager. But that’s not it.
Manafort and his lawyers were in court, primarily, to seek a later start to his trial, which Judge Ellis granted.
The trial date was initially scheduled for Wednesday, but according to NBC News, the judge ruled that the trial would begin 6 days later on July 31. This will give Manafort’s lawyers more time to review thousands of documents of Mueller’s probe. Manafort also faces other related charges in Washington.
Federal Judge T.S. Ellis was appointed by former President Ronald Reagan and caused national stir after ripping Mueller’s team in court. Ellis is quoted as saying during his rebuke:
“You don’t really care about Mr. Manafort. You really care about what information Mr. Manafort can give you to lead you to Mr. Trump and an impeachment, or whatever.”
It will be interesting to see how Manafort’s trial in Virginia plays out. Especially since Judge Ellis appears to have figured out what Mueller’s team is up to with all of their dirty tricks.
We leave you with video of Tom Fitton discussing what Mueller’s investigation into Manafort is really all about…
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