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return to you you’ve done this before you’ve been on the prosecution side first of all we went from jury selection opening statements and our first witness in a day’s work a bunch of us didn’t expect that much today was that a surprise it’s a little bit of a surprise even in the eastern district of Virginia with its notoryus rocket docket but because the judge had done some free work on jury selection using a questionnaire and trying to ferret some of the before cause strikes Juris he might have reasons where prosecutors wouldn’t have to exercise one of their voluntarily one of their voluntary strikes to have them excused from service so that process moves really quickly with a jury thanks truck by the end of the morning and then moving on to opening statements and now this first witness who’s on the stand statements both of the prosecution and defense it’s a red predictably to me right at the defense was going to try to take the cheap government witness the person that flipped and try to discredit in a standard way is that I think you’re doing a fine job this is frankly of a story about gays if they might not have portrayed him as down-on-his-luck and being forced to plead because of his financial situation rather than turning on him but here they have today he’ll be the bad guy in this will be the boss to put it all off on the underlined that’s a strategy that only rarely works for a defendant and typically not with a case where the evidence even the evidence that we know about publicly it seems to be so solid keep this case and prosecuted it not Farm it out the way he’s farmed out some of the other indictments this happened early this case was already investigative land process before Muller took over and it was likely the fur situation that presented itself to his team you know this may or may not end up being part of the core Russia cases many people believe that this is separate we’ve heard the judge repeatedly admonished the prosecution in this regard but it may be that the evidence in this case ties up somehow with the larger Russia and the Collision investigation in ways we don’t see it but even if it doesn’t this is prosecutors job when you’re in the middle of it castigation and you have a Crossing prosecutable case you’d go ahead and do it and this early on in the investigation they would have had the capacity and the resources to move forward he’s someone who I suspect that they would very much like to have flip and cooperate because he can decorate much of went on during the time that he was the head of the campaign and of course during that. Russia changed it was about 72 hour. Over the last week where it look like we’re manafort basically decided to drop the civil suit against smaller and suddenly it’s obviously they had a plan be here to try to make Rick Gates the bad guy it almost looked like they were trying to Curry favor with the special counsel’s office do you think what is your you think it’s possible so that’s always a possibility some defendants don’t plead guilty until they see the whites of the eyes of the jury and decide that they don’t like the looks of the jury’s other times a defendant wants to hear some of the evidence come in for her the key witness may be here Gates before they make your decision but my read on what happened in the civil case and this was the challenge that manafort had made in the District of Columbia to Mueller’s legitimacy to his jurisdiction over manafort that was likely dropped at the Appellate stage just for financial reasons it would have been expensive to go forward they were very unlikely to succeed it’s probably a little bit now if the pressure on him since this is basically the one test he’s got pre whatever he’s going to file against the president to lose cases but you know that to tell the jury what happened this to relate to them the evidence and the facts and then it’s up to the jury to make a decision so sometimes unusual curious things happen with juries but the bottom line here is but even more so than in May hey sis will want to win and a win here we’ll both signify that he is here for serious legitimate reasons not a Witch Hunt and also give him an edge going into the rest of this year’s preceding Timbers if you’re watching this it means you’ve checked out our channel so thank you now do me a favor subscribe by clicking on that button down there click on any of the videos to watch the latest but if you’re tired of content that you don’t know anything about where it came from you don’t have to have that problem with us NBC News MSNBC MTP in the Meet the Press mindset right here for you on YouTube subscribe now
Former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance talks to Chuck about the Manafort trial and what it means for Mueller.
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