Judge Nap Says Rosenstein Exonerated Manafort Years Ago for Same Crimes


In a recent television interview on Fox Business with Trish Regan, Judge Anthony Napolitano said then-prosecutor Rod Rosenstein decided to not prosecute Paul Manafort for the same crimes he is now charged with.


This would back up the President’s charge that this is a witch hunt.

“Paul Manafort was investigated by the federal government by a team of federal prosecutors and FBI agents for all this stuff eight years ago and they exonerated him,” said Napolitano. “And who was the young prosecutor that led that exoneration? Rod Rosenstein.”


We don’t know about a probe eight years ago, but Paul Manafort did make note during a January civil suit of a probe four years before.

In what turned out to be a frivolous civil filing in January, Paul Manafort’s lawyers brought up the fact that Mueller is charging him with old matters, i.e., previously well-known matters that the Justice Department decided not to prosecute long before Mueller was appointed.

Manafort claims that Mueller’s prosecution is based on information Manafort voluntarily provided to the Justice Department and FBI four years ago, after which they closed their investigation. Far from being new, Manafort points out, the conduct is so stale that much of it is time-barred under the statute of limitations.


Unfortunately, even if accurate, former U.S. Attorney Andy McCarthy writes in National Review that there are no guarantees it won’t or can’t be revisited:

“…the closing of an investigation does not come with a guarantee that the investigation will never be reopened. Nothing prevented the Justice Department itself from reviving the Ukrainian case against Manafort.

Therefore, if Manafort’s tie to the Trump campaign convinced Rosenstein that the Trump Justice Department would have a conflict of interest in any criminal investigation involving Manafort, Rosenstein could properly have assigned the reopened Ukrainian case to a special counsel in the first instance — i.e., as part of Mueller’s original jurisdiction.

Thus, there is no reason why Rosenstein could not expand Mueller’s jurisdiction to include the Ukrainian case — especially if, as one would expect, Mueller’s investigation has turned up new evidence to support the charges.”

As frustrating as that is, Mueller had the right to reopen the case.

On the other hand, there still is reason to believe this is a witch hunt. Why go after Manafort now? There are legitimate reasons to prosecute Manafort. However, would Mueller go after him if he wasn’t trying to squeeze him to turn on the President?


Legal scholar Alan Dershowitz believes he has the answer.

“It’s very simple. His crime is being associated with Donald Trump,” Dershowitz told Fox News host Tucker Carlson. “They are just trying to get him [Manafort] convicted so they can squeeze him. If you squeeze a witness not only does the witness sing but sometimes, according to the judge, the witness composes. That is, he becomes creative. He makes up information, he elaborates.”



  1. Is Napolitano saying they “can” call Rosenstein in order to bring up the earlier case or even bring up the case.

    This is in direct contradiction to the Judge’s order Granting the Government’s motion, in limine, that precludes the argument, or evidence, of any former Government investigation which the decision was not to prosecute. The Defense could be allowed if evidence presented at trial warrants.

    All too often we see “experts” on these shows that do not have all the facts but speak up as if they do. Instead of “researching” Before they go on air they just make assumptions and go from there. It’s a serious disservice to the viewing public. It suggests to me they aren’t really following the case and only listen to “other pundits”.

  2. “…the closing of an investigation does not come with a guarantee that the investigation will never be reopened. Nothing prevented the Justice Department itself from reviving the Ukrainian case against Manafort. Does that apply to the investigation against Hillary? If it does maybe down the road with a AG and FBI doing their job this can be opened back up. Then again this is the Clinton’s they have a different set of rule than the rest of us never happen

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