NPR’s Carrie Johnson reported that Mueller is moving in on Manaforts attempt to claim he was ‘selectively prosecuted’.
NEW Prosecutors for special counsel team ask judge in charge of DC case against Paul Manafort to bar him from making arguments he was selectively prosecuted. The Virginia judge had issued an order to that effect, but prosecutors say the defense “repeatedly” violated that order.
â€” Carrie Johnson (@johnson_carrie) August 24, 2018
Letâ€™s go back to July 24, when the government and the defense both quibbled about things they each argued should not be mentioned at trial. Prosecutors wanted references to â€œselective prosecutionâ€ out of evidence and the defense wanted references to the Trump campaign out of evidence. Judge Ellis denied both motions as moot in an order because the parties agreed they had no plans of introducing that sort of evidence at trial.
At the time, Manafortâ€™s defense said that it had no plans to argue that Manafort was victimized by â€œselective prosecution.â€ Team Mueller was crystal clear that that mentioning their â€œmotivesâ€ in prosecuting Manafort would not fly in front of the jury, and Judge Ellis was was generally sympathetic.
Anyone cheering the 8 guilty verdicts of Paul Manafort is disgusting. This is a man who was exonerated for these crimes and was only back in court because he dared work for Donald Trump.
This is disgusting.
â€” Jacob Palmieri (@jakepalmieri) August 22, 2018