One of the lawyers representing President Trump is going after Special Counsel Robert Mueller with a vengeance in light of an early morning raid that took place at the home of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort last month.The attorney, John Dowd, claims Mueller’s raid was a “gross abuse of the judicial process.”
According to The Daily Caller, John Dowd, the Trump lawyer, also asserted that the July 26 raid was “employed for its shock value to try to intimidate Mr. Manafort.”“These methods are normally found and employed in Russia not America,” he wrote in an email to a Wall Street Journal reporter. For reasons unexplained, Fox News obtained the email and published its contents.
Dowd’s comments are a notable shift from his praise for Mueller earlier this week. Dowd told USA Today on Tuesday that he has sent messages of “appreciation” on behalf of Trump to Mueller, a former FBI director leading the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government.
The New York Times reported on the raid stating that agents grabbed financial and banking records related to the consulting work Manafort has done for foreign nations. This potentially indicates that Mueller is hoping to dig up dirt on Manafort in hopes of getting him to turn on Trump.Dowd questions the legality of the search warrant obtained by Mueller, saying “These failures by Special Counsel to exhaust less intrusive methods is a fatal flaw in the warrant process and would call for a Motion to Suppress the fruits of the search.”
The DC report continues, stating He said that Mueller “misrepresented” the necessity of the warrant to a federal judge, raising “a host of issues involving the accuracy of the warrant application and the supporting FBI affidavit.”
The Post reported that the office of the special counsel sought the search warrant by arguing to a federal judge that Manafort was likely withholding documents relevant to the investigation.But Dowd asserted that many of the seized documents contained “privileged and confidential materials prepared for Mr. Manafort by his counsel to aid him in his cooperation with the Congressional committees.”
We should always be supportive of holding our elected officials accountable, and there’s no problem with an investigation being conducted, but when a person’s rights are violated simply to pursue a political vendetta against a sitting president, that’s just going way too far.