It is now being reported that President Trump’s defense attorneys are planning to file motions to demand the “suppression” of evidence obtained as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Manafort’s defense team has already filed a court document saying they are likely to ask for some evidence against Manafort to be dismissed.
Manafort’s lawyers are specifically arguing that some evidence obtained by Mueller and his team was acquired “improperly.” Their court document says, “At this time, the defense anticipates that pre-trial motions will be filed concerning the legal basis for and sufficiency of the charges, the suppression of evidence improperly obtained by search warrant, subpoena or otherwise.”
It seems pretty obvious what is happening here. Trump and Manafort go way back, as far as the 80s, according to Manafort himself (see footage below). Trump must have been involved in the same type of illegal financial activity as Manafort at some point. Birds of a feather flock together, as they say. Pair this with what one of Trump’s defense lawyers said today (below footage), and it becomes obvious what is happening here.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) October 30, 2017
Politico reported today that Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow said that Trump’s legal team is ready to challenge the legality of Mueller’s actions if he “detours” into anything they consider “outside the scope” of the investigation, especially including looking at old real estate deals Trump made before he became President. “We’d view that as outside the scope of legitimate inquiry,” Sekulow said, “We’d raise it.” Trump himself has said that any investigation of his personal finances by Mueller would be grounds for eliminating Mueller.
These financial crimes are fairly clear cut, meaning they are based on solid evidence and have less to do with legal things such as intent or motive. Money crimes are money crimes and they leave a paper trial. You either failed to pay your taxes or not. There is no way Mueller would bring charges unless the evidence was rock solid. That’s why these defense teams have no choice but to attack the evidence. They can’t defend against the evidence, so they have to try and get rid of it.
Money crimes may in fact be what takes Trump down and sees him impeached. Something financial fits with his stated confidence that he did not collude with the Russians, and explains his lack of confidence in releasing his taxes. Why else would his team be seeking to suppress financial crime evidence obtained in Mueller’s case against Manafort?