If you thought the United Kingdom’s jailing of Tommy Robinson was something that couldn’t happen in America, think again:
The Daily Caller has a recent video of Alan Dershowitz, who normally leans to the Left. However, he says of the jailing of Paul Manafort:
“He has never been convicted of anything. He is as innocent as you and I. And the idea of locking somebody up before a trial is so obnoxious to our Constitution that every civil libertarian should be up in arms. What they can do if they think that he’s tampering with witnesses is: they can subject him to home arrest, take away his computer … they can have all kinds of restrictions, but the idea of putting somebody in jail before they’ve been convicted is an enactment of civil liberties” he said.
Dershowitz, who was often thought of as liberal, has recently become a defender of President Trump in the media over the Russia investigation.
Here’s Dershowitz again, this time back in April:
Dershowitz said, “I think the key point is to make sure that in an effort to get Trump, we don’t diminish our civil liberties and create bad precedents…”
“Who’s trying to get Trump?” Stelter asked.
“A lot of people are trying to get Trump, a lot of radicals, and a lot of lefties,” Dershowitz said.
“A lot of people — a lot of my friends and relatives are furious at me because they want to get Trump, and I’m in their way, I’m standing in the way by of getting Trump by raising Article Two issues, civil liberties issues, civil rights issues… If you don’t think there are people are out there that trying to get Trump, just like they were trying to get Hillary Clinton, people were trying to get Hillary Clinton — ‘lock her up.’”
So who is Paul Manafort?
The answer would easily be a book, given how long he’s been in Washington. But for the sake of our cautionary tale, here is where he crosses paths with President Trump:
In February 2016 Manafort approached Donald Trump through a mutual friend, Thomas J. Barrack Jr. He pointed out his experience advising presidential campaigns in the United States and around the world, described himself as an outsider not connected to the Washington establishment, and offered to work without salary. In March 2016 he joined Trump’s presidential campaign to take the lead in getting commitments from convention delegates. On June 20, 2016, Trump fired campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and promoted Manafort to the position. Manafort gained control of the daily operations of the campaign as well as an expanded $20 million budget, hiring decisions, advertising, and media strategy.
On June 9, 2016, Manafort, Donald Trump Jr., and Jared Kushner were participants in a meeting with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya and several others at Trump Tower. A British music agent, saying he was acting on behalf of Emin Agalarov and the Russian government, had told Trump Jr. that he could obtain damaging information on Hillary Clinton if he met with a lawyer connected to the Kremlin. At first Trump Jr. said the meeting had been primarily about the Russian ban on international adoptions (in response to the Magnitsky Act) and mentioned nothing about Mrs. Clinton; later he said the offer of information about Clinton had been a pretext to conceal Veselnitskaya’s real agenda.
You can see the rest of his wiki bio here.
Paul Manafort does not appear to be a nice man. But he deserves equal treatment under the law. If certain members of The Deep State are not being jailed before their crimes are assessed, then he should at least be free on bond.
This case is important because the rule of law is under attack. As any constitutional lawyer/professor — say, Alan Dershowitz, professor emeritus from Harvard — can and will attest.
Here’s what the law blog Legal Insurrection has to say about Manafort’s trials:
Special Counsel Robert Mueller finally has sent someone to jail. Paul Manafort.
For nothing having to do with Russia or the Trump campaign.
For alleged witness tampering in a criminal case based on Manafort’s long ago dealings unrelated to Trump or the campaign.
Manafort’s conduct in contacting potential witnesses was incredibly stupid, particularly for someone on bail and who has the full weight of the Special Counsel team focused on putting him in jail.
All of this is taking place because Manafort made the life-error of associating with the Trump campaign at a time when the FBI and DOJ, aided by opposition research paid for by Hillary and the DNC, was seeking to portray Trump as colluding with the Russians.
Mueller has yet to put anyone in jail, or even charge anyone, for alleged campaign collusion. So Paul Manafort, Mike Flynn and a handful of others will face the choice of capitulating and taking a plea, or suffering a complete financial collapse of their lives and those of their families due to the cost of litigating against a Special Counsel team that has all the time and money in the world.
And one of their commenters reminds us of Mueller’s unsavory past:
Mueller can delay the trial over and over and over again almost as long as he likes. And for what? The case against Manafort is over ten years old and was kicked to the curb by the FBI/DOJ years ago.
Mueller has not been able to get Manafort to ‘sing’ let alone ‘compose’ testimony against Trump, so now he increases the pressure. Remember, Mueller put four men he knew to be innocent of the crime charged in prison where the survivors stayed for decades; two of the four dies in prison.
This ‘witness tampering’ was known back in February, it is NOT a new charge, it is extortion.
In fact, it would be a good idea to peruse all the comments following that post. Many of those people have background information.
So it turns out that Robert Mueller is not a nice man, either. His abuse of power is shocking.
By the way, it took a long time to find any material on Manafort that didn’t line up with Deep State thinking. Even so-called “conservative” sites were a disappointment. Legal Insurrection’’s post was not listed on any searches; I thought of its founder, William Jacobson, on my own, and
hastened over to see if he’d written anything. Turns out, he did. Yesterday. You’ll find he has all the pertinent legalese from Scribd.
So, America, we’re in the soup, too. The cannibals’ pot.
Afterword from the Baron:
“Catch-22,” the old woman repeated, rocking her head up and down. “Catch-22. Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can’t stop them from doing.”
“Didn’t they show it to you?” Yossarian demanded, stamping about in anger and distress. “Didn’t you even make them read it?”
“They don’t have to show us Catch-22,” the old woman answered. “The law says they don’t have to.”
“What law says they don’t have to?”