Special Counsel Robert Mueller thinks that he has found a way to let him snoop in other people’s emails. That is what he is arguing in front of the judge in the Paul Manafort case. Not content with a conviction on 7 counts of fraud, a second trial next, and the possibility of a third re-trial, the Special Counsel wants to read Manaforts emails with his lawyer. This is definitely headed to the overkill zone. I guess the old Robert is interested in sending a strong signal to anyone bold enough to support Donald Trump. The intention is to break Manafort to get at Donald Trump.
As Written and Reported By Theodoric Meyer for POLITICO:
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team wants to review emails between Paul Manafort and one of his former lawyers — messages that would typically be protected by attorney-client privilege.
Manafort’s emails are a special case, Mueller’s team argued in a court motion Wednesday. Attorney-client privilege doesn’t apply when the client enlists a lawyer’s help to commit a crime — and that’s what Mueller’s team is arguing that Manafort did.
The special counsel asked the court’s permission to review “four documents.” It’s not clear what those messages contain. The sections of the motion that appear to describe them are redacted.
Manafort, the former campaign chief for President Donald Trump, has been charged with failing to register as a foreign agent and is set to stand trial next month in Washington. He was convicted earlier this month on eight charges of tax evasion and bank fraud in a separate trial in Alexandria, Virginia.
The question of how attorney-client privilege applies to a lawyer who advised Manafort and his….
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