Napolitano: FBI Tactics On Manafort ‘Much More Aggressive’ Than On Hillary

(Nick Givas, Daily Caller News Foundation) Fox News analyst Judge Napolitano said Thursday the FBI raid on Paul Manafort’s home was “much more aggressive” than tactics used in the Hillary Clinton investigation.

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Fox News analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano

“This is so much more aggressive than the investigation of Mrs. [Clinton],” Napolitano said on “Fox and Friends.” “The investigation of Mrs. Clinton didn’t even use a grand Jury.”

Napolitano said there is most likely evidence of wrongdoing due to the rare nature of the pre-dawn raid. “They had to use this extraordinary tool of a pre-dawn raid, the most forceful thing the FBI can do to you, short of an arrest in the middle of the night,” he said. “Which they can only use when all other means of acquiring information have failed.”

“Probable cause means that FBI agents went to a federal judge in secret and persuaded her that it was more likely than not that in Mr. Manafort’s house they would find evidence of a crime,” he added.

Napolitano wouldn’t say if the FBI would find a smoking gun and left room for the possibility that special counsel was looking for evidence of Manafort’s private financial dealings. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. are also investigating Manafort for fraud, based on real estate deals and millions in suspicious bank loans.

“They may very well have been looking for something totally independent of Manafort’s relationship to the president,” Napolitano said. “It could have been personal, it could have been his taxes. Was he being paid money by a foreign power at a time that he wasn’t registered as a foreign agent?”

Napolitano suggested Mueller was fishing for any evidence of wrongdoing to force Manafort to flip, becoming a witness for the state in the Russia probe.

“The more people they can bring in and hold the sword over them … that’s the way they put together the puzzle of a case against whoever their true target is. Whether it’s President Trump or somebody else,” Napolitano said. “A federal judge would not authorize this extraordinary tool without something there.”

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  • patriot1111

    its called Communism

  • Ed Roberts

    They never learned how to play with others.

  • Renny Hartmann

    We will learn from Lynch’s emails that she told Comey not to recommend killary for indictment. Any one else would have been before a grand jury a year before.

    • Amos10

      You may be correct, but you forget, Grandma is a Democrat.

    • smilee

      She never said that

      • RB

        Never say “never”. We already know that Lynch told Comey to downplay the investigation and call it a “matter”, in order to help Hillary.
        Who knows what else will be turned up in an investigation?

        • smilee

          She never told him to downplay any facts nor did he ever accue her of that he disagreed with her choice of a word which did not really change anything,

          • Matthew Bowman

            What? Are you an idiot? It is plain to see what happened on that runway. Lynch was unqualified for the job but pushed in by Barry to do his illegal bidding. That much is clear. She should have been investigating how a Kenyan with no birth certificate was allowed to become president of the United States!

          • smilee

            Your problem is you have no supporting facts for your BS. The State of HI has 100% debunked your alt right propaganda parroting on the BC it is simply false as is your entire response is.

          • Matthew Bowman

            Ah, the state of Hawaii. Let’s see, aren’t they the one that keeps filing court injunctions against president Trump’s travel ban? Sure, they are very credible and would never fake a birth certificate for one of the Muslim terrorists they are trying to protect!

          • smilee

            How stupid can one be as you are here the be the courts are independant of record keeping and have no bearing on one another which proves your level of stupidity.

          • Matthew Bowman

            Sure no government agencies ever collude do they? Except the Kremlin and Trump campaign!

          • Volarekathy99

            Further investigation shows that that birth certificate had photoshopped changes on it to make it look like Obama’s birth certificate when it was originally someone else’s. However, his mother was an American citizen, so it could be inferred that he had American citizenship through her.

          • smilee

            The only thing that counts it the actual recorded birth in the vital statistics department of the State of HI and they have verified Obama was born there and it was recorded in the month he was born in 1961 so all photshoping iaccusations are 100% irelevant and meaningless as you cannot photoshop the actual record maintained there, A BC is mererly a statement by the state it is recorded there and when issued it is not photoshoped. and unless you see the physical copy you can not make that determination. The one Obama posted on his site has the same information that is on file in HI so why would he have photoshoped it as that would serve no prupose for him. Use your head.

          • Volarekathy99

            I’ve seen what’s supposed to be the original birth certificate, and when it was zoomed in on, you could tell previous typing had been mostly erased and new typing done over it. But it really doesn’t matter anymore. He served 2 terms and is out of office now, and thankfully, cannot run again.

          • smilee

            LOL SO MUCH BULLCHIT, you never seen the one Obama has which is the only one issued so what you seen was a digtal copy that had been photoshopped to create that false hood.. You are such a sucker who cannot not think for himself.,

          • Matthew Bowman

            Sure Obama would never fake anything on his own site. He was born at Coast Province General Hospital in Kenya. That is what his Kenyan birth certificate says, and it is proven not to have been photo shopped!

          • smilee

            Where is your brain man why can you not think for yourself as there is proof postitve you are a racist liar,

          • Matthew Bowman

            Yep that is what all the leftist deniers say. How then do you explain that my wife is a beautiful black woman?

          • Matthew Bowman

            Unless he wasn’t born in Hawaii, then he would not have been a “natural born citizen”. Why else false a birth certificate? Everyone knows he was born in Kenya at Coast Province general Hospital. Just look at his Kenyan birth certificate.

          • RB

            Please give us your source for your claims of what Lynch told Comey to do or say. That is information that a proper investigation would reveal. What we do know from Comey’s testimony is that Lynch DID instruct him to downplay the investigation by calling it a “matter” so as not to harm Hillary. Since this action makes it clear that she definitely wanted to protect Hillary, it’s not too far of a jump to imagine her also taking stronger actions to protect her. This could explain why Comedy spent approximately 13 minutes of his 15-minute press conference building up a strong case for the prosecution of Hillary , but at the last moment shocking everyoeveryone by saying that he would not recommend indictment . This was clearly not the responsibility of the FBI director to determine whether or not to prosecute someone. It is the job of the FBI to investigate and then turn the information over to the doj for them to determine whether to prosecute . It is totally conceivable that Lynch took herself out of this equation and allowed Comey to wrongly come to this conclusion instead of making the decision herself. This is something that will only come out when it is investigated.

          • smilee

            You said it use the term “matters” there is no legal difference or legal effect in either term ony political so big deal. This really had no influece on the investigation. Your response is only meaninless spin as either way it would change nothing. You only give asumptions and speculations and wishful thinking,

          • RB

            I’m still waiting to hear that proof of what you think Lynch said or didn’t say to Comey.
            As far as Comey’s testimony about Lynch instructing him to refer to the Hillary investigation as a “matter” instead, to the average American, just the idea that someone is under investigation by the FBI automatically brings up speculation of possible wrongdoings. But if you refer to the investigation as a matter, it makes the entire situation seem more like simply a minor disagreement or difference. It definitely downgrades the meaning of what was going on at the time.
            If Lynch was trying to protect Hillary by calling the investigation something that it wasn’t, as Comey mentioned under oath, what else did she do that we don’t know about? No one believes that phony story story about the meeting on the tarmac.
            That’s why we need an investigation to find out what really happened there, and to determine if Lynch did do something illegal.

          • smilee

            I have already told you, serious comprehension problm have you? Simple minds I guess conclude that but intelligent people don ‘t and you clearly suffer from that to as that is so simple minded thinking It is all history now so time you simple minds get over it. .

          • RB

            I see that you don’t want to even entertain the likely possibility of any wrongdoing here even though the facts as we know them so far indicate that definitely some improprieties did occur. So now it’s time to resort to insulting anyone who doesn’t see things your way. Typical liberal viewpoint!

          • smilee

            Ity is history man get over it. No only those who tell so manystupids lies as you do,

          • Lkfeinb

            Funny. The “liberal” viewpoint is that there definitely think some improprieties occurred. So why would you say the previous guy had a liberal viewpoint?

          • Volarekathy99

            Comey himself said that Loretta Lynch told him to call it a “matter” and not an “investigation.” This would help to downplay the importance of it all. He said this in front of Congress. It’s on tape.

  • richard black

    i guess this new head in FBI lore….has some work to do !!!!

  • Gregg Parker

    When all they had to do is ask, the use of dramatics becomes very telling. Clinton has seen everyone who would have ever brought witness against her for years turn up dead and they still kiss her fat a$$… birds of a feather? Bet they’re all picking fetal tissue out of the incisors!

    • Amos10

      Grandma knows too much about the habitués of the Democrat Party who are all too fearful they will wind up in prison if she ever spills her guts.

      • Gregg Parker

        If they get too fearful she may eND up becoming a victim of her own brand of Clintonian suicide by bullets in the head…

  • mort_f

    “A federal judge would not authorize this extraordinary tool without something there.”

    That seems to put federal judges at a level of unbiased sainthood. Sorry but the Ninth Circuit has proved otherwise. And there are far too many instances of ‘judge shopping’ and court shopping, and not just in the Ninth.

    The last decade has seen the most corrupt justice system that one can imagine. Starting with prosecutors that resign rather than comply with whitewash, AGs that should be themselves be prosecuted; local judges that are now serving jail time. The swamp is deeper than one can even imagine.

    • Amos10

      “. . . judge shopping’ and court shopping, . . . ” You forgot doctor shopping.

    • Lkfeinb

      Russian interference in the election has been proven. What is being investigated is individual US citizen involvement. You cannot possibly know the outcome of this traitorous activity until the investigation is complete. There is plenty there.

      • mort_f

        Proven to who? Can you, or anyone else that is not privy to ‘classified intelligence data’, specify even a single instance of Russian ‘interference’.

        That the Russians closely monitor the goings on of our elections is a given. But that applies to every major country. And doubly so for the activities of the USA in every country that one can name. US activities have included funding of so-called NGOs, and even assassinations. Even the Democratic Party house organs have yet to publish a single instance of ‘interference’.

        • Lkfeinb

          3000 ADS From Russian sources on Facebook promoting Trump rallies, Bots on Twitter from fake individuals promoting Trump from Russia. That is just the tip of the iceberg. Keep watching.

          • mort_f

            I might, operative word ‘might’, agree to your definition of interference, if the following were implemented, as a minimum:

            1. Disband USIA and Voice of America, as US Government enterprises, with criminal penalties applied for funding of NGOs, both foreign and domestic, that act in the political arena.
            2. The New York Times be required to remove ‘All the News that Is Fit to Print’ from its masthead, as false and fraudulent advertising.
            3. The Washington Post clearly state that it is a Democratic Party ‘house organ. Immediately publish, and maintain daily, the roster of its assembled and paid army of ‘Trumpbashers’. Edit all snide comments about the Trump family, and associates, and relegate them to the editorial pages.

            Freedom of the Press is a right that properly belongs to the editorial pages, and not to purported ‘news’. Reporters deserve certain privileges, commentators do NOT.,

  • Kenneth Huebner

    As we watch this Russia witch hunt unfold against Trump by a democratic appointed special prosecutor we also watch the house and senate republicans refuse to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary and other democrats who have so clearly done wrong.

    • Amos10

      Mueller is a RINO, which I guess is probably a Democrat.

      • Kenneth Huebner

        A democrat appointed him when Sessions recused himself. Smart move on their part, dumb move on Sessions part.

      • smilee

        Watch him suceed and present the facts to provei it.

      • Volarekathy99

        True. He was originally appointed by GW. Bush. None of the Bushes voted for Trump. Mueller is a RINO, and shows it by his 95% Democrat-donor lawyer team he hired. He is out to prove something. A person could be snow-white innocent, but Mueller HAS to find or make up some dirt on someone, or the Democrats will be screaming at him. There has to be a scapegoat somewhere for his investigation.

    • smilee

      There is no reson yet to believe it is a witch hunt as we simply do nt have that answer to that a as yet. All these alligations are far far more serious than any about Hillary or any democrat,

      • Stuart H

        There is nothing more serious than what Hillary was accused of. She was accused of breaching above top secret information with her private servers and then allowing access to them by violating protocol. Espionage. If it is true that Russia influenced the election it happened on Obama’s watch, and Lynch’s watch…they were in control at the time the election took place in November of 2016. They, and not Trump, are in trouble. However, Assange has said the Russians did not hack the servers and that his guy on the inside worked for the DNC. All this Russian nonsense is Hegelian Dialectic. The problem with the Republicans is they are incompetent. They will be outmaneuvered by the Dems every time.

        • smilee

          Alledged but never found there was any breaching of top secret information or that anyone not authorized to see something because of her and she was cleared of all legal wrong doing. There is propable cause for treason existing within the trump organization and that is our most serious criome and that is now being investigated and under law far far more serious than anything you think Hillary did, Your problem is you are in denial as Hillary was cleared of all you think she did as the investigation found your BS to be untrue. What we are dealing with now is far far far more serious.

          • Ray

            If you were half as smart as you think you are you would know there can be no “probable cause for Treason” as there is no war!
            Oh and by the way collusion is not against the law
            And there has not been a shred of proof there has been any collusion on Trumps part
            Take your liberal talking points over to Salon you can preach to their choir

          • smilee

            Making war on the uS OR (not both) giving aid and compfort to the enemy and we have some and Russia is one. War does not qpply which proves you have you have no smarts, Dummy we do not know yet if therer is any proof on trump but progable cause exists so he is being investigted and investigations only occur when ther is probable cause so your assumoiton also proves you have no smarts,.

          • Ray

            Here you go dumba$$
            ” enemies are defined very precisely under American treason law. An enemy is a nation or an organization with which the United States is in a declared or open war . Nations with whom we are formally at peace, such as Russia, are not enemies.”

          • smilee

            Section 3 – Treason
            Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

            The Congress shall have power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of thePerson attainted.
            ————————————–
            Treason. Treason is a betrayal of trust. In a legal sense, the term refers to the commission of overt acts to overthrow one’s own government, or to consciously and intentionally aid an enemy of the nation.
            Treason – Definition, Examples, Cases – LegalDictionary.net

            Wrong again dumba$$

          • Volarekathy99

            Trump was not trying to overthrow the government. He was running for office, and he legally won. I didn’t see a Russian standing next to me when I voted!

          • smilee

            Who said he was, Hitler did that to ahd he won to and later he destroyed Germany so may be to soon to jump to that conclusion. Your so naive and ridicoulous.

          • Volarekathy99

            What you don’t know is, Hitler said they would use the democratic processes of Germany to overthrow the democratic institutions that Germany did have. And he succeeded.

          • Ray

            Now I get it you are too stupid to comprehend what you read
            Try reading it again then explain how it pertains to Trump and his campaign for President

          • smilee

            When we get the results of the investigations of trump which he is so afraid of we will all know how it pertains to trump, He sure makes hiimself look guilty as sin.

      • Debra Shawver

        I am sure you MUST be joking…….if I had done even 1/100000th of what hillery did on/with her private server…I would still be in Leavenworth and never see the light of day until I died….

        • smilee

          WHY she broke no law and in this country you do not go to jail if you break no law and she was cleared of all allegations aginst her, Rest easy you are not going to go to jail.

      • Ray

        Really? Almost a year and not one piece of proof against Trump
        Hillary destroyed evidence that’s been proven Hillary and bill were colluding with Russia before Trump even started his campaign. Bill getting half million dollar speaking deals Hillary signing off on uranium deals

        • smilee

          It s far from over so what is a year have to do with anything, and we do not know what proof or lack therof the investigations has as yet as trumo has not been clereded as yet. FACT The Investigations on Hillary are completed and she was cleared and charged with nothing so you are just parroting alt right rumors that have zero truth in them.

          • Volarekathy99

            She wasn’t really cleared. Loretta Lynch made it clear to James Comey that this should be downplayed and called a “matter” and not an “investigation.” Comey said that he didn’t think it was reasonable to prosecute her, even though he listed a litany of illegal things she did. Hillary was never put under oath when testifying to the FBI, plus they made no transcripts of what she said. She smashed and bleached hard drives, and turned in cell phones without SIM cards – thus no information. She deleted over 30,000 emails. But if you’re a Democrat, nothing ever sticks to you, it seems.

          • smilee

            Sure she was cleared that is well documented. Is there any lie you will not believe if it fits you desired narative, Hilary has 5th amendment rights and being under oath or not makes no difference but she did answer their questions which she did not have to do, He never said she did anything illegal only that he thought she was careless. LOL they have her hardrives and they were not damaged only she had deleted in the same way we all do and the FBI were able to retrieve them and confirm they were personal so they could not be realesed. You are parroting the alt right propaganda which you know very well and you deny all the known truths. SO SHAMFUL ALL THESE LIES!!

      • Volarekathy99

        It’s a witch hunt. There is nothing obviously wrong after all the months of investigations by reporters, TV news networks, Soros-supported leftist organizations, the Senate, and the House so far. But the liberals, lobbyists, & multi-national corportations just have to find something!! They just can’t STAND it that Hillary lost! Almost all the pollsters said she was going to win!

        • smilee

          Such absurdity, it is way to premature to call it a witch hunt and that is an unknown fact and no investagtpmn is opened without probable cause and we know that exists here or they woud not have investigated. You may have to eat those words “witch hunt” Grow up!

          • Volarekathy99

            You need to put punctuation in your sentences. They are impossible to understand. You need to stick to the issues instead of cliches like grow up.

          • Volarekathy99

            I think you need to grow up!

  • Joe Pewter

    USA hasnt been land of the free in 50 yrs…

  • smilee

    They should be the allegations are of a much serious nature about him .than any anyone ever dreamed about Hilllary.,

    • john blue

      You are joking ?

    • Stuart H

      Hillary has been accused of espionage, murder (Vince Foster) and destroying top secret information.

      Trump has been accused of being friendly with Putin and not releasing all of his tax information.

      Do you honestly think the latter is more serious than the former, or are you on drugs?

      • smilee

        Only by the alt right propaganda as it is fact Hillary was not charged with anything as all the investigations of her all cleared her. Iinvestagitions of trump and company is far from over so you have no clue if it is him just being friendly or him being treasonous and treason is far far more seripus than anything anyone accused Hillary of. Treason is our most serious crime bar none. Trump is under investigation and we do not know the outcome so for you to assume somehing you have no knowledge of is ridicluous,

  • Polly Dreitzler

    This country is doomed unless we all start praying for divine intervention!!!!

    • George

      Ever read Tom Clancy’s “Debt of Honor”. Wouldn’t be bad to start all over.

  • jcrawdad

    Napolitano: FBI Tactics On Manafort ‘Much More Aggressive’ Than On Hillary

    That’s why so meany in the US don’t Trust the Court System anymore .

  • Willie the 6’snake in the barn

    JUST WAIT till Sessions gets that Hi-Liar-Y investigation rolling again. Lots of people in the Omammy administration will be under INVESTIGATION.

    • Stuart H

      That would be nice, but Sessions won’t be doing anything like that or he will end up on the Clinton list. He is a scared little man. That is why he is refusing to tackle corruption or clean the swamp. He is doing OK with the immigration issue, but do not hold your breath on any corruption in D.C. being cleaned up by Mr. D.C. insider Sessions.

  • Gerry Costa

    “more aggressive” with Manafort than they were with the witch —- what a joke. They had a social hour with the witch making sure not to ask any difficult questions and not seizing any evidence. That was not an investigation !!!!! The obozo administration has given EVERY agency within our government a black eye and made it impossible to have any faith in them at all. In my opinion — it will take cleaning out these agencies and replacing them with all new people in order to bring them anywhere near respectibility.

  • Lakeland63

    Agree or disagree, Judge you are right. The plain fact it is a different AG and different FBI.

    • Stuart H

      And yet not one corrupt person from the past administration, including Hillary or Eric Holder, has been called on the carpet. The more things change the more they stay the same. Had Trump been serious about cleaning up the swamp he would have chose an AG with no apparent conflicts ffrom outside of D.C. for AG so he could get to work ASAP.

      Instead he chose a SENATOR! Any Senator is a per se insider. Good grief!

      You judge a tree by the fruit it bears. A good tree does not bear bad fruit.

      A good AG does not let a town full of corruption just sit there…

  • It is about time Trump follow what Bill Clinton told Janet Reno … fire all 93 U.S. Attorneys in one day. Read more: http://americanlookout.com/… . or http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/03/flashback-bill-clinton-93-u-s-attorneys-fired-one-day-video/
    Now he may get some flack but how much more and for how long?
    plus
    DNC computers were not Russian hacked… https://personalliberty.com/so-it-was-a-leak/
    July 5, 2016, 1,976 megabytes was transferred in 87 seconds = transfer rate of 22.7 megabytes per second exceeding internet ability! . Russian markings were artificially inserted prior to posting
    Complete story https://www.thenation.com/article/a-new-report-raises-big-questions-about-last-years-dnc-hack/ and
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/when-is-a-russian-hack-not-a-hack-evidence-suggests-dnc-email-hack-was-an-inside-job/article/2631267 by Jennifer Kerns | Aug 11, 2017, 11:56 AM

  • Bob

    The real target is the guy who refuses to release his Crooked Tax Returns. Just matter of time before the Independent Counsel gets ALL the information he needs.

    • Stuart H

      Yeah, and then we can see his tax return! Too had that is not against any part of 18 U.S.C. or a part of the scope of the Ind. Counsel’s enumerated powers. It is therefore not a viable use of the Ind. Counsel’s powers. That is under the jurisdiction of the I.R.S.. It won’t stop Muller from going fishing, however…

      • Bob

        Be patient, Stu, soon the Independent Counsel will have those Crooked Tax Returns (he probably already has them), then the party will begin, paly!!!

  • nick1111

    Mueller and Comey are in one bed. Scum

  • 1947goldenjet

    I think that the judge is correct. But he never really said why, so I will tell you why. I just spoke with Jimmy C. and here is what he said. It was clear to him that Hillary had no INTENT. On the other hand everybody could see that Manafort was so chock full of INTENT that even he could see it.

  • Bennie Bennett

    Truly sick of the biased treatment – and no, I don’t trust judges either. They have proven to be prejudiced also. Clintons should donate money to Flynn and Manafort to help pay all the expenses of defending themselves!

  • Warren Blum

    Manafort is a regular person. The fbi are for the most part over educated puss ies. Clinton was a very high ranking politician who has money and power. A lot of people entrenched in government owe their careers to the clintons. That’s who they are. The fbi treaded lightly with clinton. Half the mngt staff was appointed by them and obama.

  • Warren Blum

    Of course, u wacked out lefty. Keep believing ur gods.

    • Bob

      Keep dribbling the diarrhea from your chin, Tax Evader-lover. Glad you’re such a staunch supporter of the 300 lbs. elephant in the Oval Office, skippy! Be patient – the Independent Counsel will take care of everything!!!

      • Warren Blum

        I’m just getting warmed up pinko.

        • Bob

          Hey Blumy – Keep your sentences nice and short so you don’t embarrass your self. Then get your coloring book and go play in the traffic. Leave the adults alone, skippy!!!

          • Warren Blum

            ur on the wrong blog. i believe you have mistaken this one for the huffington post where welfare rats like u belong

          • Bob

            You’ll be begging for welfare when the Republicons take your Health Care away and give you a voucher to wipe your butt with. But the rich fat-cats will thank your for their huge Tax breaks. Sucker!!!

      • George

        What independent counsel? He’s bought and paid for by the dems and the clintons.

        • Bob

          Gee Georgie, I thought Mueller was appointed by the Republicons. Anyway, hope you get a good seat for the hanging – it won’t be long now, skippy!!! The Draft-Dodger is on short time now!!

  • Lkfeinb

    Duh! The man has multiple money laundering paths through multiple countries. I think this is a LITTLE more serious than anything Clinton.

    • George

      Clinton got American killed or had them killed. She belongs in jail!

      • Lkfeinb

        You have fallen for the bots and are totally wrong!!