Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chief, drops legal team

13 August, 2017, 01:00 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Former Trump campaign aide I’ve had no contact with Mueller

"First of all, who said that the search was related to my meeting?"

Kevin Downing, a former Justice Department lawyer whose law firm biography notes that his "practice concentrates on criminal and civil tax matters but also includes money laundering, white collar matters and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)", will be leading the team representing Manafort, the source explained.

Nevertheless, the same across-the-board checks and balances that successfully resolved the Watergate scandals - and the constitutional crisis that resulted - can counter the type of presidential transgression of red lines that would occur if President Trump carried through on his implied threats to Mueller and the office. This is his work. "I'm very proud of what we've done at the border", Mr Trump said, likely referring to Mr Sessions' crackdown on illegal immigration. Trump described Manafort as having been with his campaign "for a very short period of time - for a relatively short period of time, but I've always known him to be a good man".

But I do not remember that his name was pronounced at all or even linked to any position. "Who knows? I don't know, but I thought it was pretty tough stuff to wake him up, perhaps his family was there". "I did not want to make her relive this moment over and over again", Andrea Swift said. "My meeting had no relation to the election", Veselnitskaya pointed out.

Whether Manafort, former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn or anyone else decides to strike a deal with the government is being closely watched by people in and outside the probe.

Mueller's mandate is much the same as former Independent Counsel Ken Starr's when he investigated President Bill Clinton.

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A Mueller spokesperson declined comment for this story.

He told TPM that if prosecutors saw no evidence of collusion, they could simply compile evidence of potential financial crimes, "put a ribbon" around that part of their investigation, and seek an indictment.

"This is not what is published in the titles of the tabloid papers, as you can see".

"This is so much more aggressive than the investigation of Mrs. [Clinton]", Napolitano said on "Fox and Friends".

Andrew Kent, a Fordham University law professor, said the expansion of Mueller's investigation has put Trump and the special counsel on a collision course.

Manafort appears to be in the limelight of the federal investigation into alleged Russian interference in the presidential election, and any ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. US Senator Lindsey Graham said on Friday that Mueller should be held accountable for any leaks coming out of the grand jury process.

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