The federal judge presiding over Paul Manafort’s tax-evasion case confirmed Friday that he has received multiple death threats since the beginning of the trial; adding he now travels with US Marshals to ensure his safety.
“U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III made the comments as the jury deliberated for the second day, and as he rejected a motion to release information about the jurors. He said he’s confident the jurors would be threatened as well if their information was public,” write Fox News.
“The Marshals go where I go,” Ellis said, confirming the existence of his recent security detail.
The judge’s comments come after a number of news outlets requested he publicly release the names of the jurors in the Manafort trial, citing a potential safety hazard for those involved.
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MANAFORT STRIKES BACK: Former Trump Aide SUES DOJ, Mueller, Rosenstein
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is fighting back against the Department of Justice and the special counsel’s office; suing the DOJ, Robert Mueller, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein over allegations they overstepped their boundaries while investigating whether Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.
The paperwork claims that the special counsel’s office intentionally targeted Manafort, eventually indicting him on charges that are completely unrelated to allegations the Trump campaign “colluded” with Russia to steal the election from Hillary Clinton.
“The investigation of Mr. Manafort is completely unmoored from the Special Counsel’s original jurisdiction to investigate ‘any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump,’” the complaint states.
“It has instead focused on unrelated, decade-old business dealings—specifically, Ukraine political campaign consulting activities of Mr. Manafort.”
“The actions of DOJ and Mr. Rosenstein in issuing the Appointment Order, and Mr. Mueller’s actions pursuant to the authority the Order granted him, were arbitrary, capricious, and not in accordance with the law,” adds the court filings.
The former campaign chairman was indicted in late October on a dozen counts related to illegal financial transfers and business dealings, and have yielded zero connections to the President or those closest to him.
h/t The Hill
HANNITY: Manafort Case ‘HAS NOTHING TO DO’ with Russia Collusion, President Trump
Speaking during his opening monologue on ‘Hannity’ Tuesday night, Sean called-out the mainstream media’s hysterical coverage of the Paul Manafort trial; adding these charges have “nothing to do” with President Trump or Russia collusion.
“If you tuned into Fake News CNN you’d think this was the trial of the century, OJ Simpson all over again. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort now facing charges over an alleged tax evasion and money laundering dating back to 2005 and 2007,” said Hannity.
“These charges have nothing to do at all with the President. These charges have nothing to do with Russian collusion. I’ll be shocked if Russia is mentioned once in this trial. The mainstream media is on high-alert for the smoking gun against Donald Trump,” he added.
Watch Sean’s opening monologue above.