Catching a lot of witches
The recent conviction of Paul Manafort is yet another indication that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference is not what President Trump persistently claims it to be: a witch hunt.
For a witch hunt to exist, there needs to be proof of baseless targeting. And in this case, that simply doesn’t exist.
The American judicial system promises every citizen a trial by jury, the opportunity to mount a defense, and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. This process played out seamlessly as Paul Manafort was convicted on five counts of tax fraud, one count of failing to file, and two counts of bank fraud. by a jury of his peers. This is the American justice system at work.
The broader investigation has led to the indictment of 31 individuals and three businesses. If this is a witch hunt, we sure are catching a lot of witches.
Muscle Shoals, Ala.
— Hall is an attorney and adviser to Republicans for the Rule of Law.