Mueller concerned widespread media attention may have biased jurors

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I was worried this could happen with too much coverage. Harming any case Mueller might have.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team wants to use a written questionnaire to gauge whether “widespread media attention” has biased potential jurors for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s upcoming criminal trial.

The lead Russia investigator filed an eight-page motion on Thursday raising concerns about how both his overall probe into Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Moscow election meddling, as well as the Manafort case specifically, had generated extensive media coverage — not all of it correct — that could taint the jury pool. Manafort is facing a series of financial fraud, tax and lobbying charges in cases spiraling out of Mueller’s broader probe.

“The reporting, at times inaccurately, comments on the nature of the evidence collected in the case or activities of the parties,” Andrew Weissmann, one of Mueller’s lead prosecutors, wrote, noting it had found thousands of references to the investigation in its search of newspaper, television and radio coverage. To help pick jurors for a possible three-week trial in Alexandria, Virginia, Mueller’s team provided a list of 52 potential questions seeking more information about the jurors, including whether they’d “seen, read, or heard anything at all about this case in any form of media, including newspaper, television, radio or internet.” If a potential juror checks the yes box, they’re asked to explain what they’ve seen and the “source of that information.”

“Some of the media accounts question the legitimacy of the Special Counsel’s investigation, tending to advance the opinion that the investigation is ‘tainted’ and therefore its results are suspect. Other media accounts, by contrast, include disparaging descriptions of the defendant,” Weissmann wrote.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/21/paul-manafort-jury-selection-mueller-661648
 

Crusher

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If he didn't have a slew of partisan hacks on his team, this wouldn't have happened.

Andrew Weissmann is horrible and his prosecutoral sins have been well chronicled.

Lisa Page was totally biased

Andrew McCabe was caught and fired.

Peter Strzok was totally biased

Kevin Clinesmith was totally biased

Sally Moyer was totally biased


We also, to date, do not know the event that kicked off the spying (or having informants secretly placed) to provide information against the Trump campaign.


Mueller has self inflicted wounds and wants to blame others?
 
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If he didn't have a slew of partisan hacks on his team, this wouldn't have happened.

Andrew Weissmann is horrible and his prosecutoral sins have been well chronicled.

Lisa Page was totally biased

Andrew McCabe was caught and fired.

Peter Strzok was totally biased

Kevin Clinesmith was totally biased

Sally Moyer was totally biased


We also, to date, do not know the event that kicked off the spying (or having informants secretly placed) to provide information against the Trump campaign.


Mueller has self inflicted wounds and wants to blame others?
LOL, Oh my god, you are so sad
 
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the watchman

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LOL, Oh my god, you are so sad
quite, right. He just illustrated Mueller's concerns are legitimate without knowing it. All these conspiracy theories out there, that people actually seem to believe, in the absence of any evidence what so ever to back it up. Is the Mueller investigation bias? There's no evidence that it is. But, if all you do is rely on right-wing fringe media sources , you might think he's lived his entire life just waiting to take down Trump. A decorated combat veteran. A life long Republican. Who , before Trump came along, was respected by both Republican's and Democrat's alike. To be sure, there's no corresponding rational basis for all the right-wing fringe vitriolic hysteria about Mueller. It's just all noise. Which, along with the left leaning obsessive coverage, is exactly what Mueller seems to be concerned about.
 
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HayJenn

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If he didn't have a slew of partisan hacks on his team, this wouldn't have happened.

Andrew Weissmann is horrible and his prosecutoral sins have been well chronicled.

Lisa Page was totally biased

Andrew McCabe was caught and fired.

Peter Strzok was totally biased

Kevin Clinesmith was totally biased

Sally Moyer was totally biased


We also, to date, do not know the event that kicked off the spying (or having informants secretly placed) to provide information against the Trump campaign.


Mueller has self inflicted wounds and wants to blame others?
You do know that aside from Weissmann, none of the people you named works for Mueller right?

Mueller is a Republican, have no idea what the political ideologies of the others on his team are.

But hey, it's clear as day that Manafort broke the law and it seems like your good with that.
 

Crusher

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quite, right. He just illustrated Mueller's concerns are legitimate without knowing it. All these conspiracy theories out there, that people actually seem to believe, in the absence of any evidence what so ever to back it up. Is the Mueller investigation bias? There's no evidence that it is. But, if all you do is rely on right-wing fringe media sources , you might think he's lived his entire life just waiting to take down Trump. A decorated combat veteran. A life long Republican. Who , before Trump came along, was respected by both Republican's and Democrat's alike. To be sure, there's no corresponding rational basis for all the right-wing fringe vitriolic hysteria about Mueller. It's just all noise. Which, along with the left leaning obsessive coverage, is exactly what Mueller seems to be concerned about.
No. We rely on the actual transcripts from the IG report and the interview with the IG this week. Would you like links to the videos of these interviews illustrated bias?