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Tom DeLay: Mueller Out of Mandate on Manafort 'Squeeze'

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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 08:14 PM

The fraud and tax evasion trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort "has nothing to do" with President Donald Trump — and should not be prosecuted by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

DeLay told Newsmax TV's "Newsmax Now" the special counsel is "squeezing Manafort just like they squeezed Rick Gates," Manafort's former business associate who is testifying against him at the first of Mueller's prosecutions to reach a jury.

Lawyers have yet to mention Trump or possible campaign coordination with the Kremlin, the central question behind the spacial counsel's investigation.

If the Mueller prosecutors did not want to "squeeze" Manafort, "Mueller would have referred this issue to the U.S. Attorney and let the U.S. attorney try this," DeLay asserted.

"This is all things that happened before 2014," DeLay added, "before the campaign . . . This all . . . certainly has nothing to do with Donald Trump."

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DeLay also defended Trump's decision to leave the multi-national deal with Iran on its nuclear proliferation and to reimpose sanctions against Tehran.

"The danger to America [with] Iran having nuclear weapons is Iran being the number one sponsor of terrorist organizations — that's the danger," he said. "And once again, we have this leader . . . It is absolutely and imperative that we stop Iran and its influence and Israel will tell you this over and over again — they're expanding their their power and influence throughout the Middle East."

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Putting former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort on trial is outside the purview of special counsel Robert Mueller investigative mandate and should not be prosecuted by him, according to former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
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