The head special investigator of the Russian Election interference has asked for 70 blank subpoenas. The subpoenas were requested from a Virginia court and are said to be concerning Paul Manafort specifically.
The request was made up of two entire pages, but there wasn’t much additional information to go on. It is unknown, as of right now, who the subpoenas will be issued to, but the subpoenas are requesting that the recipients appear in court in Alexandria, Virginia on July 10th. This is the data of Manafort’s trial; recipients will be asked to testify as a part of the legal proceedings.
Paul Manafort has been charged with crimes in the cities of both Alexandria, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Although the charges do not have anything to do with the Trump campaign, the charges do deal with money Manafort made from Russia and Ukraine.
The charges out of Virginia consist of the nondisclosure of foreign bank accounts and falsifying income tax filings; In Washington, Manafort is accused of conspiracy to launder money, making false statements, and failure to obey lobbying disclosure laws. He is also being charges as working as an unregistered agent of a foreign country.
This move by Bob Mueller comes a day ahead of Manafort’s court hearing in Virginia. Kevin Downing, Manafort’s attorney will be arguing that certain charges should be dropped. It is unknown if Manafort’s legal representation will make a plea deal or not. These 70 subpoenas could be a scare tactic to convince Manafort to cooperate with authorities.
Manafort’s legal representation filed for the hearing on Monday, claiming that it is impossible for Paul Manafort to have a fair trial due to the media’s coverage of the legal battle.
Mueller’s request for 70 blank subpoenas comes as tensions are high among Trump’s inner circle. Trump’s new legal representation, former mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani, has been working television and arguing on behalf of Trump’s innocence.