Rosenzweig on the “mildly probative evidence” for the Manafort tampering allegations

On Lawfare, Paul Rosenzweig took a deep dive into the special counsel’s tampering allegations finding “I think that the special counsel’s allegations of witness tampering are rather … thin. The FBI agent’s declaration in support of the allegations is long on detail about what Manafort and the “Hapsburg Group” did before the elections and short on information about the tampering allegation itself. … Mueller is asking the judge to jail Manafort on the basis of one call and two texts and imputing the more incriminating statements of Person A to Manafort without telling us why we should. Perhaps the case will get stronger at the hearing. But on the limited record before us, it is plausible to be sure (and maybe even true) but it still isn’t a slam dunk.”

A federal court judge set June 8th as the deadline for Manafort’s attorneys to respond to tampering accusation and set a hearing on the matter for June 15th. For details, read The Manaford Tampering Allegations, Lawfare, June 6, 2018. — Joe

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