Robert Mueller reveals plan to use Paul Manafort trial to put Donald Trump on trial by proxy
Over the past month, Palmer Report has pointed to various moves made by Special Counsel Robert Mueller which increasingly hinted that he was planning to use this month’s trial of Paul Manafort to put Donald Trump on trial by proxy in the court of public opinion. Sure enough, Mueller and his team have just made a court filing which reveals that they intend to use the Manafort trial to demonstrate that the Trump administration is indeed for sale to the highest bidder.
Mueller has charged Manafort with a list of various financial crimes that is far too long to list here. One of the charges centers around a relatively small bank having made enormous and inappropriate loans to Manafort during the campaign. If this charge initially seemed like garden variety bank fraud, it turns out to be something else entirely. In fact, according to an on-air CNN report this evening, Mueller plans to prove in court that the bank executive sought a job in the Trump White House in exchange for the loans to Manafort. Why is this a big deal?
According to Mueller’s filings, the bank executive was given a position as a Trump campaign adviser in relation to the loans. This means Trump had to have met this adviser, known that he was a bank executive, and fully understood what was going on here. Mueller doesn’t have to prove that part during the trial, because Trump isn’t the one who’s technically on trial here; Manafort is. Mueller simply has to convince the public that Trump obviously knew Manafort was handing out campaign jobs in exchange for large personal loans.
Of course this is just one criminal charge against Paul Manafort, out of too many to count. Based on the fact that this particular charge has turned out to be a proverbial blunt object that Mueller can use against Donald Trump, we now suspect that many or most of the charges against Manafort have been custom-built to be used against Trump. Mueller has always has a plan, but he’s kept it close to the vest. Now we’re starting to see it in action.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report