Pittsburgh Preparing for Riots In Case Trump Fires Mueller

Elias Hubbard
April 20, 2018

He has pleaded not guilty.

The same questions will be tested again on May 7 in Virginia, where Manafort has moved to toss out a second criminal case brought by the special counsel.

Westling told Jackson that "millions of dollars" weren't available to Manafort to use to mount his defense. Some suggested police were trying to clamp down on protesters or that the Pittsburgh mayor was "scaring his constituents" into thinking Trump will fire Mueller.

Manafort has alleged in court that Mueller's office overstepped its authority by charging him with crimes related to his work before the 2016 campaign.

At a press conference Wednesday evening, President Trump didn't say specifically that he won't fire Mueller or Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who is overseeing the investigation. Downing argued that Manafort's activities had pre-existed the campaign and had nothing to do with the mandate of the special counsel and thus exceeded it's scope. Rosenstein, who has led the investigation since Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from it, put Mueller on the job. Downing replied that it was hard to respond to hypotheticals without knowing what Rosenstein communicated to Mueller.

"I don't know what it means", Comey said.

Rosenstein also undercut the argument that there's great urgency to release the Comey memos, noting that several top House officials (including Nunes and Gowdy) were already allowed to review the memos in a secure Justice Department facility a year ago.

The president signaled on Wednesday that he wanted to get the investigation over with as soon as possible and reminded reporters that Rosenstein and Mueller are "still here" despite near-constant speculation he might fire them.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is being investigated as a suspected "back channel" between the campaign and Russian Federation, a Justice Department lawyer told a judge on Thursday.

An attorney for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort did not appear to make much headway Thursday as he tried for a second time this week to see all charges against his client dismissed.

"That's your point, but that's not what the appointment order says", Jackson said.

Bloomberg reports that Rosenstein met with the president last week and that's when the Deputy AG gave the president the assurance according to people familiar with the matter. The supine congressional Republicans, terrified of Trump and his base of devoted supporters, are actually beginning to show some spine and are moving toward backing a resolution that would protect Mueller, who is supported by a large majority of the public. It would not be necessary, McConnell said, because Trump would not fire Mueller.

"It is not a blank check", Dreeben said of Rosenstein's parameters for the probe. Manafort's lawyer is set to ask for a dismissal of those charges in May.

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