Mueller stages intimidation raid on Manafort home Mueller appears to be having trouble linking Trump with the so-called Russian collusion.

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By Lynn Woolley

Excuse me, but this looks like a tactic on the part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller to build a case where there is none. Otherwise, why raid Paul Manafort’s house in the pre-dawn hours of July 26th.

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Manafort, a former Trump campaigner manager, was already cooperating. Why pre-dawn? That’s how prosecutors flex their muscle and say to potential targets – we can put your butt in a sling at any time.

This tells me, though, that Mueller is having trouble linking Trump with the so-called Russian collusion.

So if there WAS collusion, who would know? Probably former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn – and Mr. Manafort. Mueller wants to “flip” Flynn and Manafort so they’ll spill anything they know about Trump – but Mueller has to find something to force that cooperation, so he appears to be fishing for something he can hold over Manafort’s head.

Prosecutors aren’t always the good guys.

In fact, they often aren’t.

One case that jumps into my mind is the murder case against Randall Dale Adams, accused of murdering Dallas officer Robert Wood. The Dallas DA’s office may have withheld exculpatory evidence. So who killed Officer Wood? I don’t know, and I’ve never been convinced that it wasn’t Adams. But in any case, withholding of evidence is not proper conduct for a prosecutor.

Then, there’s the case of the then-DA in Waco, Vic Feazell who was arrested and marched off in chains to demonstrate that you can’t step on the toes of the Texas Rangers. Feazell was correct that henry Lee Lucas could not have murdered all the people he confessed to – but it angered the Rangers when Feazell stepped in. Feazell had his version of CNN in those days, WFAA-TV in Dallas, that had a reporter named Charles Duncan assigned to the story. Feazell later sued Channel 8 for millions – and won.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller (Associated Press)

The bottom line is that prosecutors have a number of tools they can use for intimidation that include:

• Unannounced (usually) pre-dawn raids.
• Making a suspect do a perp-walk for the TV cameras.
• Suppressing evidence that goes against their case.
• Concocting a “crime” in order to “flip” a witness.
• Empaneling a grand jury in an area where there is a favorable political climate.
• Selection of a favorable trial jury.

Note that Mueller has already done the first and fifth of these items. If a case goes to trial, he can virtually win the case at the time of jury selection – as happened in the O.J. Simpson case.

Mueller tipped his hand with the leak.

The story of the raid against Manafort showed up in the Washington Post, at a time when the Russian collusion story was off the front pages, and attributed to “people familiar with the investigation.” I can’t prove Mueller ordered the leak, but it fits with the story quite nicely.

Here’s what he wanted to accomplish.

• Get the Russian collusion story back in the news.
• Intimidate Trump, his staff, and any potential witnesses.
• Find something in Manafort’s record to use as a legal threat.
• Turn Manafort against Trump.
• Show the public that the investigation is determined to find collusion.

There is virtually no other way for this story to have surfaced other than a plant from Mueller’s office – or a tip from Manafort who likely was ordered to keep quiet.

Patrick Fitzgerald (Wikipedia)

Mueller’s office obviously leaked at the most fortuitous time for them. Mueller seems to have turned into a monster similar to Patrick Fitzgerald who trumped up a case against Scooter Libby.

Remember, Manafort has been cooperating with Mueller’s investigation – so there was no practical reason to conduct the raid.

Mueller becomes the villain.

The raid does not speak well for Mueller’s reputation. If he is a man of integrity, he will investigate a crime. We don’t know what crime, but there must be a crime – an original crime.

If he is the weasel I see him becoming, he will create a crime (almost certainly Obstruction of Justice) that will arise from perjury traps set by his staff.

Prosecutors aren’t always the good guys.

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