Mueller is showing a Comey-ish pattern here. First there was talk of Mueller giving Tony Podesta immunity. Now Bernie’s top guy, Tad Devine, will be “assisting” Mueller in the investigation.
Tad Devine, a political operative who served at the highest levels of the Bernie Sanders campaign, will assist in the special counsel office’s prosecution of Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, according to a statement released on Thursday.
“The Special Counsel has asked Tad Devine to assist in the prosecution of their case against Paul Manafort regarding his firm’s work on media consulting on past political campaigns in Ukraine,” reads a statement provided by Julian Mulvey, a partner at Devine’s political firm, Devine Mulvey Longabaugh.
What would that have involved?
Manafort and his former associate Rick Gates, who also served as Trump’s deputy campaign chair, worked on behalf of Viktor Yanukovych, the former pro-Russia president of Ukraine beginning in the mid-2000s until the mid-2010s, after Yanukovych left office. Gates was originally charged as Manafort’s co-defendant, but has since pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with Mueller’s office.
Devine also worked in Ukraine with Manafort on Yanukovych’s behalf, a detail of his career that has been public for years.
So Tony Podesta, a Hillary pal, gets a pass. So does Tad Devine. While Manafort gets the whip. The pattern isn’t too subtle here.