U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson told parties, attorneys, and potential witnesses not to make statements to the media or in public settings “that pose a substantial likelihood of material prejudice to this case.” The judge had criticized Manafort’s attorney for speaking to the media outside the courthouse.
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Monday she would not make a ruling on release conditions for Paul Manafort and Rick Gates in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe until they reached agreements with prosecutors. Manafort’s lawyers proposed posting $12.5 million worth of assets for his release.
“If the president … participates in a crime personally,” constitutional scholar Cass Sunstein tells NPR, “and then exercises the pardon power so as to shelter the people who engaged in those crimes … That is an impeachable offense.”
President Trump and his supporters have mostly stopped raising the possibility of firing or defunding special counsel Robert Mueller. An exception is ex-Trump adviser Steve Bannon, who favors a more aggressive approach.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s plea deal with low-level Trump loyalist George Papadopoulos was full of details about the former foreign policy adviser’s email traffic to high-ranking campaign officials about a “request from Russia to meet Mr. Trump.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has repeatedly testified to the Senate that he knows nothing about any collusion with the Russians. The guilty plea of Georege Papadopoulos plea shows that Sessions — then acting as Trump’s top foreign policy adviser — was in a March 31, 2016, meeting with Trump, at which Papadopoulos explained “he had connections that could help arrange a meeting between then-candidate Trump and President Putin.”
Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, turned himself in Monday to the FBI after Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller asked a grand jury to indict him, CNN reports. Manafort was indicted on twelve charges along with Rick Gates, who also worked on Trump’s campaign. Charges included conspiracy to launder money and failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts.
“They’re looking for ties, they’re looking for relationships, and a lot of that will come down to money trails,” said Jennifer Rodgers of the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity at Columbia Law School. When it comes to chargeable offenses Mueller could be zeroing in on, money laundering is at the top of the list.
Some supporters of President Trump say his lawyers are naive to the existential threat facing the president, the Associated Press reports. Allies see the conciliatory path as risky to the maverick president’s tenure, they tell the Associated Press.