As soon as I heard the news that Paul Manafort’s team rested its defense without calling a single witness, I knew that their confidence in the acquittal of their client was incredibly high.
Judge Ellis has admonished Mueller and his team on several occasions for engineering a witch hunt, declaring that Mueller is not after Manafort, but rather, attempting to have him flip to save his own skin in an effort to force him to testify against President Trump, a common tactic by scumbag investigators and prosecutors.
In addition, the prosecution’s star witness, Rick Gates, was totally shredded during his testimony, leaving what little credibility he had in the toilet. He was totally discredited on the witness stand, another example of Mueller’s habit of forcing one witness to testify against another, only to save his own hide. Gates’ testimony was riddled with holes which were pointed out by the defense immediately.
Lawyers for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will not call witnesses or present evidence, resting their defense early Tuesday afternoon in the first criminal trial arising from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
By resting the defense without presenting a case, Manafort lawyers are effectively telling the jury that the prosecution has clearly failed to meet its burden. This tactic is common during criminal trials.
Speaking on Fox News Tuesday, former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy speculated that the defense was so satisfied with its cross-examination of onetime Manafort confidant Rick Gates that it did not feel compelled to present its own evidence.
Manafort is standing trial at a federal courthouse in Alexandria, Va. for 18 counts of fraud. He faces decades in prison if convicted which at 69 is practically a life sentence.
Not that they are required to put on a defense…but pretty clear they don't have one.
— Taryn Kincaid (@TarynKincaid) August 14, 2018
Or, as is actually the case, the defense is uber-confident in an acquittal. They destroyed Mueller's key witness, Rick Gates, whose credibility is now completely shot. Strike the tent, this circus is OVER!
— Thomas Madison (@tmadison200) August 14, 2018