The upcoming federal court trial for President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, will be closely watched for revelations about Trump’s campaign for the White House in 2016. At the same time, it is also poised to potentially reveal embarrassing information about several Democratic political consultants, including a top adviser to 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and others who have worked in lucrative elections both in the United States and abroad, Fox News reports.
Manafort is facing charges of bank and tax fraud and has pleaded not guilty. His trial is scheduled to start in Virginia next week.
In a court filing last week by prosecutors, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team listed the names of several well-known Democratic operatives included in the exhibits.
“The United States of America, by and through undersigned counsel, hereby submits its list of trial exhibits,” the filing states.
Fox News reported more on the trial:
“Among those is Tad Devine, the chief strategist for Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign who also worked for Al Gore and John Kerry’s presidential campaigns in 2000 and 2004. Like Manafort, Devine also did work for Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
The court filing lists Devine 16 times, and lists a variety of documents, including memos, invoices and emails involving both Manafort and Devine.
Other Democrats listed in Mueller’s court filing are Julian Mulvey, Daniel Rabin and Adam Strasberg.
Mulvey is a partner of Devine’s and worked on the Sanders campaign. Rabin, according to the website for his Democratic consulting firm, has created ‘television ads have played vital roles in political victories in the US and overseas.’ Strasberg is an ad maker who worked for Devine, as well as for the Sanders and Kerry campaigns.
The case against Manafort stems from Mueller’s Russia probe, but prosecutors have indicated the case against Manafort will not explore Russia’s attempted interference in the 2016 election.”
Along with this case against Manafort, he is facing charges in a separate federal court in Washington, including conspiring against the U.S., conspiring to launder money, failing to register as an agent of a foreign principal and providing false statements.
The case has skeptics, including from one of the judges.
In May, Judge T.S. Ellis III, who was the judge in the Alexandria case, railed Mueller’s team, suggesting they were more interested in bringing down the president than in Manafort’s past dealings.
“You don’t really care about Mr. Manafort,” Ellis told Mueller’s team at the time. “You really care about what information Mr. Manafort can give you to lead you to Mr. Trump and an impeachment, or whatever.”