Finally a Federal Judge with the guts to bust Robert Mueller’s balls about scope of investigation
A Federal judge in Virginia has finally had the guts to bust Special Council Robert Mueller’s balls concerning the scope and motive of the investigation. The judge grilled Government lawyers about Mueller’s authority to bring charges against Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort.
The judge suggested that prosecutors’ true motive is getting Manafort to “sing” against the president. Which it is but no one not the press, not Jeff Sessions, not Rod Rosenstein have had the balls to say this to Mueller. For over a year it is as if Robert Mueller is the personal and professional watchdog of the President of the United States.
Manafort’s lawyers argued at a hearing in Alexandria that the tax and bank fraud charges are far afield from Mueller’s mandate to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether any collusion occurred.
“I don’t see what relationship this indictment has with what the special counsel is investigating,” U.S. Senior Judge T.S. Ellis III, a Reagan appointee, told government lawyers at Friday’s hearing.
Ellis suggested the real reason Mueller is pursuing Manafort is to pressure him to “sing” against Trump, though he also noted that such a strategy is a “time-honored practice” for prosecutors and not necessarily illegal. Ellis went on to say that defense lawyers are naturally concerned that defendants in that situation will not only sing but “compose” — meaning that they’ll make up facts.
“You really care about wanting information you could get from Mr. Manafort that would relate to Mr. Trump and lead to his prosecution, or impeachment, or whatever,” Ellis said.
The Federal judge continued to grill Michael Dreeben the Government lawyer.
“I’m sure you’re sensitive to the fact that the American people feel pretty strongly about no one having unfettered power,” Ellis said.
He asked Dreeben whether the special counsel had already blown through its $10 million budget; Dreeben declined to answer.
Manafort’s lawyer is arguing that the special council should be tightly constrained in how it operates. He noted that the law authorizing the special counsel was passed to replace the old independent counsel law, which was derided for allowing overbroad, yearslong investigations during the Reagan and Clinton administrations.
It is great to see a federal judge or someone question the authority of Robert Mueller. He is the only person in Government right now that does not have oversight. With Jeff Sessions recusing himself and Rod Rosenstein not doing his damn job.