Joe DiGenova: "Terror Legal Tactics" Being Used By Mueller Team To Destroy Manafort

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Former U.S. Attorney Joe DiGenova said Mueller's "Jack the Ripper-like leader" Andrew Weissmann is using tactics usually reserved for mafia gang and terrorists to prosecute Paul Manafort in an interview with Tucker Carlson on Thursday.

"This is one of the most unfortunate moments in the history of the FBI and the Department of Justice. This case is the Rosemary's Baby of Rod Rosenstein who forced this prosecution, permitted the abusive tactics which occurred during the investigation and which are occurring in this trial," DiGenova said.

DiGenova said this trial is about getting Manafort to flip on Trump but there is nothing for him to flip on. He also called it a "bizarre mistreatment of a human being."





"The ultimate goal here is to 'get something' on President Trump, they've decided to ruin Paul Manafort who has no criminal record, whatever you may think of his political leanings and his tactics over the years or his overseas clients' work, he does not deserve this," he said.

"The attorney general knows that," DiGenova continued. "The deputy attorney general knows that. But you know what? They don't care because they know that Mueller wants to get Trump. That's what this is about. There's nothing for Manafort to flip on for heaven sakes. So, what you are watching is a bizarre mistreatment of a human being. This is a case that you get one to three years at most, but Mueller and Weissmann and all the people in the department just can't give it."

TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS: Well, the trial of former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort completed its third day today. Prosecutors brought out evidence that Manafort lived a luxurious lifestyle, bought suits they suggested were too expensive for one man to buy, maintained overseas accounts and then lied about his income on loan applications. This was all to bolster their case that Paul Manafort deserves more prison time than most murderers.

More than once during the trial, T.S. Ellis, III blasted prosecutors for simply shaming Manafort without offering any actual evidence of criminal behavior.

Joe diGenova is a former US attorney for the District of Columbia and he joins us tonight. Joe, thanks a lot for coming on.

I never thought that I would defend Paul Manafort, who I've always thought was a little on the sleazy side, but I think it's worth defending the principle of evenly and fairly applied justice. And it's not a crime to buy expensive suits. And you shouldn't get 300 years in prison for tax evasion, right?

JOE DIGENOVA, FORMER US ATTORNEY: You're absolutely right, Tucker. What you are watching is what is called in the Justice Department and in terrorism prosecution, the use of terror legal tactics to destroy a human being to try and force him to cooperate when he has nothing to cooperate with.

And what the special counsel has done, Mr. Mueller, is he has chosen his Jack the Ripper like leader, Andrew Weissmann, to use the type of tactics that are properly reserved for mafia gangs, for terrorists and they have converted Paul Manafort into this ugly creature.

This is one of the most unfortunate moments in the history of the FBI and the Department of Justice. This case is the Rosemary's baby of Rod Rosenstein who forced this prosecution, permitted the abusive tactics which occurred during the investigation and which are occurring in this trial, agreed to by the FBI Director Chris Wray and, of course, the attorney general is asleep, somnambulant as this horrific embarrassment to the department continues in the Eastern District of Virginia.

This is a disgusting display of prosecutorial abuse for which the attorney general and his deputy should be ashamed.

CARLSON: Is there anybody that you know personally who had, with a straight face, yes, 305 years in prison seems like an appropriate punishment for tax evasion? Is there anybody who would say that? No is the answer. So, how can they charge him with crimes so - sentences so clearly disproportionate to the crime?

DIGENOVA: Because the Deputy Attorney General Mr. Rosenstein has given Mr. Mueller full authority to do whatever he wants. And because the ultimate goal here is to "get something" on President Trump, they've decided to ruin Paul Manafort who has no criminal record, whatever you may think of his political leanings and his tactics over the years or his overseas clients' work, he does not deserve this.

The attorney general knows that. The deputy attorney general knows that. But you know what? They don't care because they know that Mueller wants to get Trump. That's what this is about. There's nothing for Manafort to flip on for heaven sakes.

So, what you are watching is a bizarre mistreatment of a human being. This is a case that you get one to three years at most, but Mueller and Weissmann and all the people in the department just can't give it.


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