If Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Manafort, Case Would be Handed Over to Trump Appointee

T.S. Ellis, III, Senior U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Va, at the Investiture ceremony of Stuart Nash to be Associate Judge at the D.C. Superior Court. June 4, 2010. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

The Federal Judge in Paul Manafort’s case cast doubt on Friday over Mueller’s bank fraud case against the former Trump campaign manager.

Judge T.S. Ellis lost his temper and blasted prosecutors, saying he believes Mueller is using the Manafort case to provide material that would lead to Trump’s “prosecution or impeachment”.

If Judge T.S. Ellis rules in favor of Paul Manafort, the case will be handed over to Trump-appointed US Attorney Tracy Doherty-McCormick.

Rosenstein and Mueller got raked over the coals on Friday by Judge T.S. Ellis.

The Federal Judge accused Mueller’s hack prosecutors of lying and ordered the government to hand over the unredacted Rosenstein memo detailing Mueller’s scope.

Judge Ellis asked why Manafort’s case is with the special counsel and not with prosecutors in Virginia. The Judge then suggested Manafort’s case could be handed over to the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Currently, Tracy Doherty-McCormick is the acting US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; she was appointed in February of 2018.

WaPo reported:


But the judge did question why an investigation into Trump attorney Michael Cohen was handed over to federal prosecutors in New York while the Manafort case was kept with the special counsel.

Ellis suggested that if he ruled in Manafort’s favor, the case could simply be returned to the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

It is precisely because the probe into Manafort’s financial dealings began years ago with federal prosecutors in that office, Manafort’s defense attorneys argued, that the special counsel should not be involved.

Judge Ellis also accused Mueller’s prosecutors of lying and ordered the government to hand over the unredacted Rosenstein memo detailing Mueller’s scope.

The Judge told Mueller’s prosecutors, “We don’t want anyone with unfettered power.”

Mueller’s prosecutors argued they have certain authorities given to them which were laid out in Rosenstein’s August 2017 memo.

Judge Ellis scoffed at Mueller’s prosecutors who argued the memo has to be kept a secret because of ongoing investigations and ordered the unredacted memo to be released within a two week time frame.

 

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