Thursday, May 03, 2018 by JD Heyes
For nearly two years government officials, Congress, and a special counsel have been “investigating” allegations that the Trump campaign “colluded” with Russia to “steal the election” from Hillary Clinton.
There has been no evidence produced as a result of all of these separate investigations because the allegation itself is based on a lie: A 35-page “dossier” written by a former British spy who was paid through a proxy for political opposition that was ultimately financed by Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
There can’t be any “collusion” when the allegation is based on a document full of false pretenses and statements, right?
You’d think so. And yet, this phony baloney document was used to spur a special counsel investigation on the basis that some crime was committed — without Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Robert Mueller, pointing to a law that had allegedly been broken, as required by the statutes governing such appointments.
Nevertheless, there has been real-world consequences regarding the investigation. Former Trump campaign and transition officials have been swept up in indictments that have nothing to do with the original intent behind Mueller’s appointment. One of them is former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who has been indicted on money-laundering and bank fraud charges.
Now, however, his lawyers have filed legal papers that could be a game-changer in terms of whether his persecution for associating himself with a president whom no one expected to win will continue. (Related: Mueller’s ‘witch hunt’ probe has now risen to the level of a national security threat.)
As reported by The Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross, Mueller’s office has told Manafort’s lawyers that it has no evidence of any contacts between their client and the Russian government and intelligence officials.
As such, Manafort’s attorneys are seeking a hearing to examine government leaks to the media pertaining to their client, a longtime political consultant.
“By their actions, it is self-evident that the objective of these government sources was to create unfair prejudice against Mr. Manafort and thereby deprive him of his Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights,” wrote Manafort lawyers Kevin M. Downing and Thomas E. Zehnle.
The filing, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, cites seven articles about Manafort that rely on leaked info from government sources.
“The government-sourced leaks concerning surveillance of Mr. Manafort with foreign individuals is particularly troubling,” the filing says, adding that Downing and Zehnle have filed “multiple” requests for discovery with Mueller’s office for any evidence of their client’s contacts with the Russian government and/or intelligence officials.
They wrote that the special counsel “has not produced any materials to the defense — no tapes, notes, transcripts or other material evidencing surveillance or intercepts of communications between Mr. Manafort and Russian intelligence officials, Russian government officials (or any other foreign officials).”
They added that the special counsel “has advised there are no materials responsive to Mr. Manafort’s requests.”
The attorneys then claim that “the natural implication of this is that these government leaks were intentionally designed to create a false narrative in order to garner support for the appointment of a Special Counsel to investigate Mr. Manafort for purportedly coordinating with Russian intelligence/government officials despite the lack of any such evidence.”
“If this proves to be true, then Mr. Manafort should not have been referred to the Special Counsel for investigation of coordination with the Russian government, nor for any other matters,” they wrote.
What’s more, Manafort was indicted on charges for which the Obama Justice Department cleared him: Doing work through 2014 for former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. Mueller maintains that Manafort laundered millions in payments for that work and did not register as a foreign agent. Apparently not.
This witch hunt continues but the fact is, if his lawyers’ argument is successful in court, it could be that Mueller’s efforts to indict Manafort will fall far short.
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J.D. Heyes is editor of The National Sentinel and a senior writer for Natural News and News Target.