Bogus Russian collusion investigator has requested 150 blank subpoenas that he can fill in at a later date before serving them on unsuspecting enemies of his witch hunt. But even if he gets them, they could be useless to him. He will soon be in court with Paul Manafort in front of Federal Judge TS Ellis, who could rule that his entire investigation is illegal and must stop immediately. The trial has been put off twice, the second time because a family health problem for Ellis’ family. It resumes shortly but in the first part of the trial, Ellis came down hard on Mueller’s lawyers and has given the impression they already have two strikes against them.
Ellis commanded the DOJ to give him an unredacted copy of Rosenstein’s order giving Mueller his authorization. One of threee things could happen when the court convenes again. Ellis could allow the trial to continue. He could rule that Mueller has overstepped his bounds and shut down parts of his investigation. He could rule that Rosenstein’s order violates the Special Counsel Act, which would shut down Mueller for good. The first choice is probably unlikely at best.
Manafort is due in court Friday in Washington, when Judge Amy Berman Jackson will hear arguments from Mueller’s team why she should revoke his bail and jail him due to allegations he sought to tamper with potential witnesses in the case against him.
Last week, Mueller unveiled a superseding indictment against Manafort, charging him with obstruction. Russian businessman Konstantin Kilimnik was also charged with obstruction.
The indictment alleged that Manafort and Kilimnik “knowingly and intentionally attempted to corruptly persuade” two people connected with the Hapsburg Group, a firm Manafort worked with while lobbying for Ukrainian clients “with intent to influence, delay, and prevent the testimony of any person in an official proceeding.”
Jackson did concede one point to Manafort. Mueller tried to hide what witnesses he planned to call, but Berman said he couldn’t do that because Manafort needed to prepare his case and surprises are not allowed in court proceedings.