Special counsel Robert Mueller is twisting the screws into Donald Trump with his Russia witch hunt.
He’s pulling out all the stops to build a case to remove him from office.
And he just crossed the line with a series of actions that reminded Americans of a third world police state.
Mueller’s strategy to bring down Trump is to build a case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Critics believe Mueller is going to throw the book at Manafort in order to force him to turn on Trump and spill his guts about Russian collusion.
He’s digging through Manafort’s financial records from as far back as 2006 in order to scrounge up any evidence that Manafort committed a crime.
“Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team is reaching back more than a decade in its investigation of Paul Manafort, a sign of the pressure Mueller is placing on President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman.
The FBI’s warrant for a July search of Manafort’s Alexandria, Virginia, home said the investigation centered on possible crimes committed as far back as January 2006, according to a source briefed on the investigation.
The broad time frame is the latest indication that Mueller’s team is going well beyond Russian meddling during the campaign as part of its investigation of Trump campaign associates. Manafort, who has been the subject of an FBI investigation for three years, has emerged as a focal point for Mueller.”
But Mueller went even further in busting out the Gestapo tactics.
His agents picked the lock on Manafort’s home and barged in to conduct their predawn raid.
The New York Times reports:
“Paul J. Manafort was in bed early one morning in July when federal agents bearing a search warrant picked the lock on his front door and raided his Virginia home. They took binders stuffed with documents and copied his computer files, looking for evidence that Mr. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, set up secret offshore bank accounts. They even photographed the expensive suits in his closet.”
The agents barreled through the door with guns drawn and even conducted a humiliating search on Manafort’s wife.
CNN also reports:
“FBI agents entered with guns drawn and insisted on searching Kathleen Manafort for weapons, a standard part of FBI searches but a jarring event for the Manaforts, the sources said.”
Mueller’s investigators told Manafort they expected to indict him on financial crimes and tax evasion.
The special counsel is following a standard prosecutorial technique of piling up charges against suspects on the lower rungs of an organization in order to turn them against the higher-ups.
But Manafort has denied any collusion with the Russians.
And no evidence exists that proves the Trump campaign coordinated with Moscow.
Would Mueller actually encourage Manafort to lie?
One Trump confidante believes that is the case.
Roger Stone declared Mueller was trying to pressure Manafort into “bearing false witness” against Trump.
— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) August 10, 2017
Trying to entice Manafort into lying about collusion in order to bring down Trump is a line that no one believed Mueller was capable of crossing.
But the point of this investigation is not to determine the truth.
This investigation only exists to conjure up a rationale for Congress to impeach Trump.