Published: Tue, February 26, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Ex-Trump campaign chairman 'brazenly violated the law' for years

Ex-Trump campaign chairman 'brazenly violated the law' for years

Prosecutors from special counsel Robert Mueller's office laid out the case for a long prison sentence for Paul Manafortbecause he "repeatedly and brazenly" broke the law before, during and after he serving as President Donald Trump's campaign chairman, according to a sentencing memo.

He said that if new Attorney General Bob Barr "were to try to withhold, to try to bury and part of this report, that will be his legacy, and it will be a tarnished legacy". "So I think there will be huge pressure, not only on the department but on the attorney general to be forthcoming", Schiff outlined. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., a 2020 presidential candidate, described herself as "an advocate for a public report" but also said that lawmakers should be given any supporting information, including in a classified hearing if necessary.

Schiff's comments come as Democrats have made it clear that they are ready for an aggressive, public fight with the Justice Department if they are not satisfied with the level of access they have to Mueller's findings.

Many Republicans have also argued that the full report should be released, though most have stopped short of saying it should be subpoenaed.

"If you're not going to indict someone, you don't stand up there and unload negative information about the person", Barr said at the time. "If there is no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian intelligence community, then that should be the end of all this".

Democrats could use Mueller's findings as the basis of impeachment proceedings. But the evidence so far shows that a broad range of Trump associates had Russia-related contacts during the 2016 presidential campaign and transition period, and several lied about the communications.

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Schiff appeared on ABC's "This Week", and Blunt was on CBS' "Face the Nation".

In an appearance on NBC News' "Meet the Press", Neal Katyal, who was acting solicitor general in the Obama administration, said it was "certainly possible" that Mueller would testify before Congress.

"As Donald Trump was campaigning for president, even when he became the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party and was telling the country he had no business dealings with Russian Federation, he was privately through his organization seeking the Kremlin's help to make what may have been the most lucrative deal of his life", Schiff said. And the regulations allow him to make it all.

Speculation has swirled that Mueller would be submitting his report soon, although the justice department has indicated it is not expected to happen this week.

"I don't think Barr will stand for that", Wisenberg said. The filing helps pave the way for Manafort's sentencings in D.C. and Virginia scheduled for next month, as Mueller begins wrapping up his probe.

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