Special counsel Robert Mueller’s increasingly desperate conduct is becoming a major scandal.
Now Mueller is issuing demands that could affect the President of the United States.
But his latest threat could be his biggest challenge to Trump.
Mueller is set to argue that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort engaged in witness tampering.
The special counsel’s threadbare evidence is messages sent on the encrypted “WhatsApp” where Manafort was asking someone to contact him.
The individual in question never responded to Manafort’s messages and there is no direct evidence Manafort tried to elicit false testimony.
But that hasn’t stopped Mueller from conducting a full scale witch hunt.
The special counsel is now demanding every witness turn in their phone so his team of partisan Democrats can comb through their encrypted messaging programs.
Experts claimed this is no big deal.
“There’s nothing wrong with asking people to voluntarily provide information to the FBI for whatever investigation,” said Michael German, a retired FBI agent and current fellow with the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program. “And to the extent that that’s a voluntary action is where the rub is.”
But individuals turning over their phones to Mueller is not exactly being done voluntarily.
Witnesses are handing over their phones only because they fear a subpoena which could possibly broaden the scope of Mueller’s search.
But there is one phone Mueller won’t get so easily.
Trump Attorney Rudy Giuliani scoffed at the notion of just handing over the President’s phone.
CNBC also reports:
“In an interview with CNBC on Thursday, Giuliani said he wouldn’t agree to provide the president’s personal devices unless certain preconditions were met beforehand.
“I wouldn’t do it now. I wouldn’t reject it out right either. I would ask for preconditions to be met. I would want to know why they need it,” Giuliani said. “They would have to ask for specific conversations off of that phone because they are going to be listening to things they shouldn’t be listening to. I’m talking about protecting his legal rights and confidential presidential conversations,” he added.”
Mueller is squeezing Manafort harder than ever before.
The special counsel is arguing that because Manafort allegedly engaged in witness tampering, his bail should be revoked and he be sent to prison while he awaits his September trial.
Experts believe Mueller is increasingly desperate to show results and views Manafort as his last chance to prove a collusion case.
So he is pulling out all the stops to force Manafort to flip on Trump.
But Manafort has strongly denied any collusion with Russia and there is no evidence tying him to coordinating with Moscow.
It’s a Hail Mary play being called by Mueller, but it is has deadly real world consequences.
Mueller’s case against Manafort is thin.
But the fact that he is bringing it demonstrates that Mueller is a crazed partisan with a vendetta against the President.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this story.