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Report: Mueller Teams Up With New York’s AG

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Politico first reported late last night that special prosecutor Robert Mueller has teamed up with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for his probe of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

Moreover, Schneiderman and Mueller have reportedly collected evidence of financial crimes.

The two teams have shared evidence and talked frequently in recent weeks about a potential case, these people said. One of the people familiar with progress on the case said both Mueller’s and Schneiderman’s teams have collected evidence on financial crimes, including potential money laundering.

No decision has been made on where or whether to file charges. “Nothing is imminent,” said one of the people familiar with the case.

We already know Manafort is extremely shady, but this is particularly significant because Trump cannot pardon individuals for committing state crimes. Mueller knows this and, after Trump pardoned birther posse sheriff Joe Arpaio, the question of whether he would pardon his partners in crime has been on everyone's mind.

Involving state attorneys general is one way to immunize Mueller's investigation from Trump's interference. Individuals under the impression that Trump will pardon them if they remain loyal in the face of prosecution may not feel that way if they're facing possible indictment for committing state crimes.

In the event that Congress shuts down Mueller's investigation or Trump sacks Justice Department leadership so he can fire Mueller, state attorneys general could pursue their own cases. I suppose they could even hire Mueller if it came to that.

  • Aynwrong

    I see the Titanic has lost yet another lifeboat.

  • muselet

    The phone calls between Donald Trump’s cronies this morning and their lawyers must have been interesting.

    “Wait. What the hell do you mean, the president can’t pardon someone for state crimes? Goddammit, Arthur, what else haven’t you bothered to tell me?”

    It’s almost—almost—enough to make me feel sorry for the lawyers. *chuckles*

    –alopecia

    • Aynwrong

      I’ll have a cool, tall glass of schadenfreude to go with the you know what eating grin that’s currently plastered on my face.

  • ninjaf

    When I read this last night, my first thought was that Mueller’s team (or Schneiderman) are leaking this to let Manafort know that a Presidential pardon ain’t gonna be enough to get him off the hook. They have been working together for months without a peep. Arpaio gets pardoned and hey! There’s a leak to let Manafort (ad anyone else) know that he shouldn’t feel too comfy. Love it!

  • Georgie

    So New York’s AG Eric Schneiderman has been fighting or starting to fight:
    Immigration and Travel Ban
    Environmental Protection Agency
    Trump University
    Intervene on States right for Affordable Health Care payments/subsidies
    A reverse-mortgage business once led by Steven Mnuchin
    Curb predatory lending affecting student loan borrowers/with other AGs
    Amicus brief opposing Ohio state law that would defund Planned Parenthood
    General practices of Trump’s businesses in NY
    and amending the Communications Decency Act to fight sex trafficking, as
    well as tackling elder abuse and working to secure federal assistance to
    fight opioid addiction.
    I like this guy, and to tell the truth,I believe I might has missed some issues Mr. Schneiderman is working on.Go sir go!

  • Badgerite

    Gotta hand it to Special Counsel Mueller. He’s straight up Elliot Ness or what.

    • crowtrobot12

      Mueller is the Golden State Warriors playing a Trump’s 6th grade junior varsity team.

  • Username1016

    Didn’t I read that pardons only apply to federal criminal charges? And that the Arpaio thing was a civil suit by the ACLU, so nyah nyah, Mr. Drumpf?

    • Badgerite

      Arapaio was found guilty of contempt of court. In a Federal court. Which is a federal crime. The civil nature of the lawsuit would not matter. I think.

    • Badgerite is correct. There is a good argument against it, however, which is that the Executive cannot pardon a violation of Constitutional Rights because it nullifies the balancing power of the Judiciary. It’s a creative argument but I think at least some of the SCOTUS judges will be open to it.

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    “I would just ask everybody this: Can this country afford to have a president under investigation by the FBI? Think of the trauma that would do to this country.”

    -Marco Rubio
    Trump Surrogate
    About Clinton’s emails
    September, 2016

    But, like so much of the conservative mindset – such beliefs only apply when held against liberals. When applied to Trump, they spontaneously suffer amnesia.

    • Christopher Foxx

      Nope, no amnesia involved. They don’t get off the hook that way.

      These sociopaths are fully aware of what they’re doing, and choose to go ahead and do it.