Special Counsel Posts

The Special Counsel’s Team

Robert Mueller and His Prosecutors: Who They Are and What They’ve Done: (“Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, has marshaled prosecutors, F.B.I. agents and other lawyers to investigate Russia’s 2016 election interference and whether any Trump associates conspired. The team has secured indictments against dozens of people and three companies, one trial conviction and a handful of guilty pleas in the highest-profile political inquiry in a generation. This week alone, Mr. Mueller and his prosecutors accused Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, of breaching his plea deal, and secured a guilty plea from Michael D. Cohen, Mr. Trump’s former personal lawyer.”)

Prison for Papadopoulos?

Mueller Asks for Jail Time for Papadopoulos: (“The special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has told a judge that a former adviser to the Trump campaign repeatedly lied about his contacts with Russian operatives and ’caused damage’ to the government’s inquiry. * * * In a document filed Friday evening, the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, said that the former adviser, George Papadopoulos, misled investigators about the ‘timing, extent and nature’ of the meetings. During one of them, Mr. Papadopoulos was told that Russia had damaging information about Hillary Clinton in the form of ‘thousands of emails.'”

Judicial Bias in the Manafort Trial

The Extraordinary Bias of the Judge in the Manafort Trial: (“It is not unusual for judges to intervene in court proceedings from time to time — to direct the lawyers to move the case along or to admonish them that evidence is repetitive. The judge’s role is to act not as a “mere moderator,” as the Supreme Court noted in Herron v. Southern Pacific in 1931, but as the “governor of the trial” responsible for ensuring the proper conduct of all participants. * * * The performance of U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III in the trial of Paul Manafort on bank fraud and tax evasion charges has been decidedly unusual.”)

Special Counsel Indicts 12 (More) Russians for Election 2016 Hacking

Mueller Probe Indicts 12 Russians with Hacking Democrats in 2016: (“A dozen Russian military intelligence officers were indicted Friday on charges they hacked Democrats’ computers, stole their data, and published those files to disrupt the 2016 election — the clearest connection to the Kremlin established so far by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation of interference in the presidential campaign.”)

Will Cohen Finally Flip on Trump?

Michael Cohen to Trump: I will flip on you if I need To: (“Michael Cohen once said he would “take a bullet” for President Trump. He reportedly said he would rather “jump out of a building than turn on Donald Trump.” * * * He now sounds ready to leap. * * * In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos running Monday morning, Trump’s former lawyer and fixer sent his clearest signal to date that he is prepared to flip on Trump. And while there have certainly been other signs recently, this one came from the horse’s mouth.”)

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