The Battle Lines Are Already Taking Shape

Up until now, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has had it all his way. He has been able to get the courts o see things his way and give him plenty of leeway.  Those days may be over. He will not be stopping at Burger King anytime soon, so he won’t be getting it his way anymore. 

Those that have been accused, like Paul Manafort, have a right to a strong and aggressive defense. The rule that the best defense is a good offense will now apply against the Special Counsel.  Here are the tactics that Mueller has left himself open to. It is a good read.

As Written By Darren Samuelsohn and Josh Gerstein for POLITICO:

The special counsel has won some early court victories in the Russia investigation, but with charges filed defense attorneys and others are lining up to rein in the probe.

Robert Mueller is on an early winning streak.

Stacked with some of the country’s premier prosecutors, the special counsel has beaten back a pair of preliminary attempts to block his subpoena power and limit who he can question as a potential witness. In July, Mueller’s team also managed to win approval to execute a no-knock search warrant—unusual in a white-collar case.

But as the criminal case against former Donald Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates speeds toward a possible spring 2018 trial, Mueller’s team is bracing for an array of challenges to its authority.

The battle lines are already taking shape.

Kevin Downing, Manafort’s lead attorney, submitted a document Friday indicating that he anticipates filing pre-trial motions that question “the legal basis for and sufficiency of the charges, the suppression of evidence improperly obtained by search warrant, subpoena or otherwise.” Downing also said he may try to prevent Mueller’s prosecutors from presenting some of their evidence during the……..


Mueller braces for challenges to his authority – POLITICO

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