It was put up or shut up time for Robert Mueller.
For over a year the special counsel has teased that he holds evidence of collusion with Russia.
But one slip of paper just doomed Mueller for good.
Donald Trump and his supporters have pointed out every day that there is no evidence of collusion and that the investigation is a witch hunt.
So disgraceful that the questions concerning the Russian Witch Hunt were “leaked” to the media. No questions on Collusion. Oh, I see…you have a made up, phony crime, Collusion, that never existed, and an investigation begun with illegally leaked classified information. Nice!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 1, 2018
That was out to the test in a Virginia courthouse.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is on trial for financial crimes unrelated to the Trump campaign.
It is an outrageous abuse of power by Mueller.
But as part of the trial, Manafort’s legal team filed a motion demanding Mueller’s office produce evidence or transcripts of intercepted communications that proved Manafort colluded with the Russians.
Mueller’s office informed them they had nothing.
The Daily Caller reports:
“The special counsel’s office has told lawyers for Paul Manafort that it does not have evidence of any contacts between the former Trump campaign chairman and Russian government and intelligence officials.
That’s at least according to Manafort’s attorneys, who disclosed details of the interactions in court papers filed on Monday night.
The lawyers say they want a hearing to look into government officials’ leaks to the media regarding Manafort, a longtime political consultant who has been indicted on money laundering and bank fraud charges.
“By their actions, it is self-evident that the objective of these government sources was to create unfair prejudice against Mr. Manafort and thereby deprive him of his Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights,” wrote Manafort lawyers Kevin M. Downing and Thomas E. Zehnle.”
If Mueller has no evidence of collusion then he should shut down his investigation and apologize to the President of the United States and the American people.
But Mueller has proven he is a zealot whose only concern is destroying the President of the United States by any means necessary – even if it means using an illegitimate and extra-illegal investigation.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this story.