Not that we expect this will inspire any honest self-reflection on the part of CNN’s programming choices…
For once, Mueller stood in front of someone who could limit his authority.
Sessions isn’t limiting Mueller’s authority because of the recusal (those leaks made sure of that, even though he had no more ‘sinister’ meetings with the Russian Ambassador than any of the Democrats he sat with during Trump’s first speech to Congress or the dinner he had with Nancy Pelosi. If anything, they were less meaningful than those, because they were same-time-same-place kind of meetings at official events.
Although critics say that, on any area not touching on Russia, Sessions can and should pull Mueller’s leash tight.
Rosenstein “officially” has oversight but has shown zero inclination to reign Mueller in even a little bit. And his objectivity has been questioned both by the fact that he was appointed for the investigation THE DAY AFTER Mueller was passed over for that AG job. And Rosenstein’s signature appeared on the FISA requests to spy on the Trump team.
The President could *legally* fire him outright, but the optics of that would be very damning politically, hurting both him and the party.
So Mueller’s team has made out like a Fox in a Henhouse.
Just like the lives, careers and businesses of people they have investigated before … all they care about is the conviction. The facts are secondary.
Those who’ve dug deeper into his racord remind us that Mueller’s been ‘botching investigtions since the Anthrax case‘.
Now that he’s standing before a judge, he’s finally got someone upholding the rule of law, someone setting limits on his tyrannical power-grabs. Someone calling him out as the thug he is.
Mueller has no power to threaten or bully in a judge’s courtroom.
U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis said Mueller’s team seemed to be pursuing the case — which involves bank and tax fraud — in order to “tighten the screws” on Manafort, in the hope that he will testify against others including President Donald Trump.
“I don’t see what relation this indictment has with what the special counsel is authorized to investigate,” Ellis said during an hourlong hearing in Alexandria, Virginia. “You don’t really care about Mr. Manafort’s bank fraud. … What you really care about is what information Mr. Manafort could give you that would reflect on Mr. Trump or lead to his prosecution or impeachment.”
The 77-year-old Reagan appointee went on to colorfully describe what he thinks Mueller’s team is up to with the pressure it is putting on Manafort.
“The vernacular is to ‘sing,’ is what prosecutors use. What you got to be careful of is they may not only sing, they may compose,” Ellis said.
Despite the prickly, often-hostile reception Ellis gave prosecutors Friday, he issued no immediate ruling on a defense motion to toss out the case over Mueller’s alleged excesses. At times, the judge suggested he may conclude that Mueller’s initial jurisdiction when he was appointed last May was effectively expanded at a later point to cover the case he brought against Manafort in Virginia in February.
The judge seems pretty convinced that Mueller really don’t give a tinker’s damn about Manafort’s case per se. That they’re not interested in justice, so much as using him as a tool — a means to an end.
The obvious end they have in mind would be taking down the President.
“We don’t want anyone in this country with unfettered power. It’s unlikely you’re going to persuade me the special prosecutor has power to do anything he or she wants,” Ellis told Dreeben. “The American people feel pretty strongly that no one has unfettered power.”
When Dreeben answered Ellis’ question about how the investigation and its charges date back to before the Trump campaign formed, the judge shot back, “None of that information has to do with information related to Russian government coordination and the campaign of Donald Trump.”
At one point, Ellis posed a hypothetical question, speaking as if he were the prosecutor, about why Mueller’s office referred a criminal investigation about Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen to New York authorities and kept the Manafort case in Virginia.
They weren’t interested in it because it didn’t “further our core effort to get Trump,” Ellis said, mimicking a prosecutor in the case.
(If CNN were honest with itself, they might discover they are driven by exactly the same motive… historical rules of journalism and sourcing be damned.)
Mueller’s team have not cooperated with House oversight or turned over documents as they are required to. One option floated by some is to put Rosenstein under Contempt of Congress until such time as he has supplied all paperwork Congress has required of him.
Another option Congress might consider is their “power of the purse” and suspensionof funding for this very, very expensive investigation until they have achieved full compliance with whichever oversight and accountability demand Congress duly makes of this rogue prosecutor.
Why call him a ‘rogue prosecutor’? As lifelong student of the Constitution, Mark Levin explains, unless and until such time as a President has been impeached, he cannot face criminal prosecution while in office.
That was the official position of the DOJ long before Trump ever considered a run at political life.
You can read about it at length (as well as some of the more damning examples of Mueller’s history of charging innocent people) where Levin was interviewed on the Hannity program.
Battle lines are drawn, and the other side isn’t interested in playing nice.
Maybe the Clash Reader should demand that their leaders step up and show that they’ve got ‘a pair’.
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