How badly are things going for President Trump this week on the Russia investigation front? So bad that even a normally supportive Andrew Napolitano of Fox News is suggesting that Trump could be in very big legal trouble.
Appearing on Shepherd Smith Reporting, Napolitano said that if former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, that could be incredibly dangerous for the president:
“It’s perilous for the President if [Paul] Manafort is indicted because the standard M.O. of federal prosecutors when they’re after a so-called big fish is to indict people in the circle of the person, even on unrelated matters.
“They will be holding this sword over his head and will use it as an instrument with which to try and flip him to becoming one of their own witnesses against the president and they have other potential targets as well.”
“Jared Kushner and his real estate dealings in New Jersey are under heavy scrutiny. General Mike Flynn is also under heavy scrutiny as well.”
The former New Jersey Superior Court Judge then added that the fact the FBI used a no-knock warrant when they raided the home of Manafort is telling:
“For a judge to sign a search warrant permitting a pre-dawn raid without a knock where the defendant is not a violent person… means that the FBI satisfied the judge that they believe that Manafort was untrustworthy and would likely destroy evidence. That is the very, very narrow circumstance under which they would permit that almost Soviet-like attack on an American citizen under cover of darkness.”
How serious might this all be for the president? Napolitano was clear in his response:
“Very serious, I think this is a very bad week for the President if you combine it with what else we learned — that his two private lawyers sat in a restaurant in Washington D.C. and discussed openly among them the defects in their case. Unknowing to them within earshot was a reporter for The New York Times. The New York Times printed it as a front-page story, none of it has been denied.
“So Bob Mueller, the special counsel, now knows the defects in the president’s defenses because his lawyers were blabbing about it in the public restaurant.”
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