Paul Manafort has quite a fight ahead of him, two in fact! Primarily he’s fighting Robert Mueller’s ongoing probe into the Trump campaign and alleged Russia collusion.
The question on everyone’s mind is, what approach will Manafort use during his defense? The speculation is an “all-out war” tactic, where he goes all in, possibly turning the tables on his investigation into what Mueller may really be working on, behind the scene so to speak, because most of us still have trouble trusting Mueller and the notion that he’s being unbias.
As Written and Reported By Josh Gerstein for POLITICO:
Paul Manafort’s legal team faces a critical choice as he heads to trial: how aggressively the former Trump campaign chairman should base his defense on alleged political bias and misconduct by federal investigators.
Manafort, a criminal defendant fighting two separate cases, is uniquely positioned to try to dredge up information on bias or potential overreach by FBI and Justice Department officials who have played roles in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Whether Manafort will seek to uncover and spotlight disparaging details about federal officials, potentially including an FBI agent dismissed from Mueller’s team last year, has become the subject of speculation and anticipation by lawyers involved in the Russia investigation.
“This is something we’ve all been talking about,” said one defense attorney representing a witness in Mueller’s probe. “It’s a hard question.”
Some expect Manafort to take a slash-and-burn approach. “I think they’re going to try to throw any dirt possible,” said former federal prosecutor Randal Eliason. “If he’s going to trial, then I would expect it to be an all-out war, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they try to make those kinds of claims that the prosecution is….
THERE IS WAY MORE HERE KEEP READING: