Federal Judge In Manafort Trial Scolds Mueller Prosecutors Over Their Actual Motivation

Special counsel Mueller seeks 70 subpoenas for witnesses for trial of former Trump campaign chief Manafort

Manafort's co-defendant Rick Gates pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy and making a false

Manafort is facing charges in both Virginia and Washington.

It looks like special counsel Robert Mueller plans to call a lot of witnesses in the trial against Paul Manafort.

'You really care about wanting information you could get from Mr. Manafort that would relate to Mr. Trump and lead to his prosecution, or impeachment, or whatever, ' Ellis said. Manafort, 69, has pleaded not guilty and disputes Mueller's assertion that he violated US laws when he worked for a decade as a political consultant for pro-Russian groups in Ukraine.

"The American people feel pretty strongly that no one has unfettered power". The Virginia indictment alleges that he concealed tens of millions of dollars he earned advising pro-Russia politicians in Ukraine from the Internal Revenue Service, before Trump ran for president.

The two-page filing doesn't offer much in the way of details, but each subpoena orders the recipient to appear at the federal courthouse in Alexandria on July 10 at 10 a.m.to testify at Manafort's trial on charges stemming from Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump noted that the judge asked prosecutors how the charges brought against Manafort - which stem from his work in Ukraine before the 2016 election - were relevant to the core of the Russian Federation probe and that the judge hypothesized that prosecutors only went after Manafort to secure his cooperation for other parts of the probe.

"We are not operating with unfettered power", Breeden replied.

Why is Manafort in court?

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 US and Trump administration is too valuable to jeopardize in any way. He worked for me for a very short period of time. "It is a witch hunt". "It's from years before. Let me tell you, folks, we're all fighting battles, but I love fighting these battles".

The Reagan appointee also suggested that the Mueller Team is pressuring or leveraging Manafort to flip on Trump, Politico noted.

"Literally for like, what?" They also said they had additional authority that they could not disclose in the courtroom because it related to ongoing investigations and could affect national security. "Does anybody say that? No".

After an interesting Friday morning, which included President Donald Trump saying that his new attorney Rudy Giuliani would be getting his "facts straight" on the Stormy Daniels payment (and Giuliani did attempt to do this in a statement), Trump made an appearance in Dallas, Texas at the NRA Convention.

"I just said give me that article, I want to read it. Right now, it's a pure witch-hunt".

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