Liberal Judge Hears Manafort’s Complaints: Raises Doubts on Scope of Mueller’s Witch Hunt
On Thursday, a federal judge raised doubts on Mueller’s scope as Manafort’s lawyers argued Rosenstein never gave the special counsel specific guidelines.
Instead, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave Mueller permission to rove around, effectively creating a Soviet-style witch hunt of ‘show me the man, I’ll show you the crime.’
Manafort has been charged with crimes that date back to 2006 and have NOTHING TO DO with Russian collusion.
Mueller keeps the special counsel open even though there never was a crime to investigate and there never was collusion between Donald Trump and the Russians.
The federal judge did not issue a ruling on Thursday after hearing arguments from both sides.
If the judge rules in favor of Paul Manafort she could shut down the entire Mueller witch hunt.
Josh Gershstein of Politico reported:
During a two-and-a-half hour hearing in one of Mueller’s criminal cases against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson questioned whether Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s directive appointing Mueller granted him more authority than Justice Department regulations appear to permit.Manafort’s lead defense attorney, Kevin Downing, noted that the May 17 order appointing Mueller grants him authority to pursue the Trump-Russia probe as well as other issues that “may arise” from that investigation. Downing said that was at odds with Justice’s rules, which say a special counsel must be told of the “specific factual matter” in his or her mandate.
“That’s a fair point,” Jackson said. “I don’t think that, as good as he is, that the deputy attorney general can see into the future.”[…]
Jackson issued no ruling on the issue Thursday or on two other defense motions to dismiss individual counts in the indictment. However, she did not seem persuaded that the potential overbreadth of Rosenstein’s order had actually resulted in any harm to Manafort.
The judge said it seemed likely that that scrutiny of Manafort’s business ties to Ukraine was already part of the broader Trump-Russia investigation when Mueller was appointed last May. She also suggested Manafort’s activities in Ukraine would qualify as part of Mueller’s announced mandate to look at all “links” between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
An August 2017 memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to Special Counsel Robert Mueller surfaced a couple weeks ago in a court filing.
Mueller used the memo to defend his scope of the investigation against a recent motion Manafort filed to dismiss his case.
In the heavily redacted memo, Robert Mueller admits Rosenstein’s order appointing him to Special Counsel was intentionally vague.
“This violates the special counsel law that requires a specific statement of facts to be investigated,” says Attorney Gregg Jarrett.
Jarrett previously called for Rosenstein and “unethical Mueller” to resign.
Unethical Mueller, in his court filing, admits that Rosenstein’s order appointing him was intentionally vague. This violates the special counsel law that requires a specific statement of facts to be investigated. Rosenstein and Muller colluded to break the law and should resign
— Gregg Jarrett (@GreggJarrett) April 3, 2018
Gregg Jarrett also called for Mueller to resign in June of 2017 stating the special counsel has an egregious conflict of interest.