At the rate Robert Mueller is going, he will single-handedly keep the paper industry thriving for the duration of 2018 with all of the paperwork required for his investigation into Trump’s likely collusion with the Russian government in 2016 – and he can do it in subpoenas alone.
After an initial request in May of 2018 for 70 blank subpoenas from the state of Virginia in the case surrounding former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Mueller has now requested 150 additional subpoenas for the same case.
The Washington Examiner reports that the request would cover 75 potential subpoenas for witnesses for a July 25th court date. The other half are presumably extras so they needn’t order more that they might need prior to that date.
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Back in October of 2017, Paul Manafort became one of the first casualties in Mueller’s investigation when he and business partner Rick Gates were indicted on charges relating to lobbying work the men had done in Ukraine, including money laundering, conspiracy, and failure to disclose overseas bank accounts.
As a reminder, Manafort was on the original roster of Trump’s “best people” when he began his on-going quest to fill his presidential cabinet. Manafort couldn’t even make it to the start of the holiday season in Trump’s first year before racking up a criminal rap sheet rivaled only by cartoon villains in Saturday Night Live parody sketches.
Then a few short days ago, Manafort was further indicted, along with a Russian associate, for obstruction of justice and allegations he attempted to tamper with a witness.
In spite of that, Manafort has managed to reap the rewards of white-collar crime.
While migrant children rot away in jail cells, some with no hopes of ever being reunited with their parents, Manafort has been on and off of house arrest since his October indictment. Apparently disenfranchising voters on behalf of a hostile foreign entity is best punished confined to the plush trappings of your multi-acre estate.
Thankfully, Paul Manafort is scheduled to appear in court on Friday, where Mueller’s team will argue that Manafort should be returned to jail in light of the witness tampering allegations – an action he couldn’t have performed from behind bars.
The sooner Mueller gets a noteworthy member of the Trump campaign incarcerated, the better. Watching these criminals walk free while the rest of America struggles to survive the policies they enact to line their own pockets is a mental burden no one deserves to bear.