Nov 01, 2017 Financial crimes case v. Trump campaigners – Analyzed by Fairfax criminal lawyer
Financial crime can get their perpetrators into hot water, as can lying to federal law enforcement agents and obstruction of justice. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I see the latest lessons in that from this week’s financial crimes indictment against former Trump campaign manager Paul J. Manafort, Jr. and Trump campaign aid/ Manafort business associate Richard W. Gates, III. Leading special counsel Robert Mueller’s initial round of prosecutions was the obstruction of justice/lying to law enforcement prosecution of possibly key cooperating witness and former Trump campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos, who has already entered a guilty plea in Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.
Fairfax criminal lawyer sees the stark differences between the Mueller financial crime indictment and police-driven prosecutions in Virginia
We can look at Mueller’s investigation and prosecution in several ways. First, it looks like far from a political witch hunt, with Mueller being a former FBI director appointed by Trump’s attorney general Jeff Sessions.
Second, as a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I see a stark difference between Mueller’s very expensive and carefully pursued investigation and prosecutions, versus Virginia and other state-level blue collar prosecutions of drugs, DUI, prostitution, assault, and theft, which so often are initiated by local and state Virginia police with little to no prosecutorial involvement before the arrest date.
Fairfax criminal lawyer urges the supremacy of the presumption of innocence
Third, every defendant in this and every other criminal case is presumed innocent and remains so unless and until the prosecution proves their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Fourth, nobody is above the law. The financial crimes indictment against Manafort and Gates alleges meticulously laundered money used for lavish spending, when I know as a Fairfax criminal lawyer that blue collar crimes are the most commonly prosecuted. Manafort had no more right not to be arrested in his pajamas than anyone else.
Fairfax criminal lawyer knows great defense doesn’t come cheap
Fifth, Manafort and Gates risk long prison terms if convicted of all the counts against them. Their legal bills will explode through the roof, unless they obtain court-appointed lawyers, which they likely will not.
Lastly, Trump’s fuming over Mueller’s investigation could have been averted by more careful vetting of his campaign staff.
Fairfax criminal lawyer Jonathan L. Katz defends Virginia criminal clients at the state and federal court level. To discuss your criminal case with Jon, please call his staff at 703-383-1100 to schedule a confidential consultation.