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Mueller slammed by Judge in Manfort Case

U.S. judge questions special counsel's powers in Manafort case

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday sharply criticized Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s criminal case in Virginia against President Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and openly questioned whether Mueller exceeded his prosecutorial powers by bringing it.

“I don’t see what relationship this indictment has with anything the special counsel is authorized to investigate,” U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III in the Eastern District of Virginia said.

At a tense hearing at the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia, the judge said Mueller should not have “unfettered power” in his Russia probe and that the charges against Manafort did not arise from the investigation into Moscow’s alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

“It’s unlikely you’re going to persuade me the special counsel has unfettered power to do whatever he wants,” said Ellis, who was appointed to the bench by Republican President Ronald Reagan.

Manafort is facing charges in both Virginia and Washington. The Virginia case charges him with offenses including tax and bank fraud.

The other case in Washington accuses him of conspiring to launder money and failing to register as a foreign agent when he lobbied for the pro-Russia Ukrainian government.

None of the charges relate, however, to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign or possible collusion with Russia. Trump has denied any collusion.

Manafort’s attorney Kevin Downing has argued that the charges must dismissed because the FBI investigation dates back to 2014, and therefore did not arise from Mueller’s probe.

The bulk of Friday’s questions by the judge were aimed squarely at Michael Dreeben, the deputy solicitor general who is currently working in Mueller’s office.

While Dreeben conceded that Mueller had inherited the probe into Manafort after his May 2017 appointment by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, he insisted the office is on solid legal ground and has the power to proceed with prosecuting the case.

“Our investigative scope does cover the activity” in the indictment,” Dreeben told the judge.

“Cover bank fraud in 2005 and 2007? Tell me how!” Ellis retorted.

Friday marked the third time now that Manafort has tried to get the charges against him dropped.

He first filed a civil case alleging the Justice Department’s order appointing Mueller was overly broad in violation of Justice Department rules, but the case was tossed last month.

He is also seeking to get the Washington-based criminal charges against him dismissed on similar legal grounds that were presented to the Virginia judge on Friday.

The federal judge in Washington, Amy Berman Jackson, has not yet ruled on the request to dismiss that indictment.

Friday, however, marked the first time that Manafort’s arguments about the scope of Mueller’s powers appeared to have gained some traction.

During the oral arguments, Ellis repeatedly chided Mueller’s $10 million budget.

He also asked whether Rosenstein, who oversees the probe and is considered an important witness into whether Trump tried to obstruct justice, is recused from the case.

And he repeatedly claimed that the indictment appeared to serve as a way for Mueller to “assert leverage” over Manafort.

“The vernacular,” he said “is to sing.”

Ellis did not issue a ruling on Manafort’s motion to dismiss the indictment Friday.


But he asked why a run-of-the-mill bank fraud case with no “reference to any Russian individual or Russian bank” could not be handed over to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Virginia.

As an example, he pointed to the FBI’s probe into Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, and mused that the special counsel had turned that matter over to prosecutors in Manhattan.

Dreeben declined to discuss the Cohen case, but said that Mueller’s probe into Manafort was authorized by Rosenstein.

Rosenstein’s May 2017 order laying out the scope of the probe, he told the judge, did not reveal all the details because they involve sensitive national security and counterintelligence matters that could not be divulged publicly, but were conveyed to Mueller.

Ellis balked, saying Dreeben’s answer essentially means the Justice Department was “not really telling the truth” about the probe and invites someone to respond by saying, “Come on, man!”

Dreeben also stressed that Rosenstein wrote another memo two months later, in August 2017, explicitly granting Mueller the power to investigate Manafort’s Ukraine dealings years before the 2016 election.

Ellis complained that the bulk of that August memo he has received was highly redacted.

He directed Mueller’s office to take two weeks to consult with U.S. intelligence agencies to see if they will sign off so that he can personally review a sealed, unredacted version of the memo.

Dreeben told him the redacted portions did not pertain to the Manafort case.

“I’ll be the judge,” Ellis said.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-u...-idUSKBN1I51WE
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Old 05-04-2018, 01:22 PM   #61
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It's going to be under seal so are you thinking the judge will leak it?

I don't know what's funny, but I don't think anyone expects it to be leaked. But the resulting actions will definitely give some indication.

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So, if they were polling better than Trump and the primary goal was to prevent Hillary from becoming POTUS, perhaps it would have been a better strategic decision to nominate someone who actually had a chance of beating her and preventing that than nominating Donald Trump.
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Old 05-04-2018, 01:38 PM   #62
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Its only OK because its Trump they are hunting.
I don’t care who it is — have an investigative system that operates like this is crazy.

Also wouldn’t surprise me if that Caputo guy was right — that this is all about making sure no one ever tries to do what Trump did ever again.
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Old 05-04-2018, 01:42 PM   #63
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You cry about a Judge not liking Dems and then post this.

Holy ****, your dumbassery continues to amaze me with every post.
I'm sorry me posting facts about the judges history triggers you, but only a dumbass like yourself would take that as "and will 100 percent rule against Mueller"

JFC

Why don't you stick to posting links you obviously didn't read.
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The same reason Mueller shops Judges, you idiot. Shopping Judges is nothing new. Well, maybe to you.
Mueller has gone before 3 different judges for one case like Manfort?
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I'm sorry me posting facts about the judges history triggers you, but only a dumbass like yourself would take that as "and will 100 percent rule against Mueller"

JFC

Why don't you stick to posting links you obviously didn't read.


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One judge...if other judges and officials begin to agree, it will mean something...
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One judge...if other judges and officials begin to agree, it will mean something...
JFC, I don't believe it. You finally said something logical and something we can agree upon. I'm tempted to almost, think about, maybe, perhaps giving you rep one day.
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One judge...if other judges and officials begin to agree, it will mean something...
If the judge tosses the case, Mueller is likely done. How do you think he could go forward after such a thing?
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If the judge tosses the case, Mueller is likely done. How do you think he could go forward after such a thing?
Depends how the appeal would go...it would be a setback to be sure, but given the breadth of other issues it won't be going anytime soon unless Trump fires him and/or Rosenstein.
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The Judge does not like Democrats.

https://wtop.com/virginia/2017/11/ju...certification/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...=.244e06dd90db

This judge is in the bag, deep for the GOP. He does want to Nunez it.

The threw out a "war crimes" lawsuit against Erik Prince for Blackwater killing 20 civilians.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...#8203;782.html

Then dismissed a case against the US for torture.

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On Thursday, May 18, 2006, Ellis dismissed a lawsuit filed by Khalid El-Masri, a German citizen, against the CIA and three private companies allegedly involved with his kidnapping, transport, and torture in Kabul. Ellis explained his belief that a public trial would "present a grave risk of injury to national security",[6] though acknowledging that:
If El-Masri's allegations are true or essentially true, then all fair-minded people, including those who believe that state secrets must be protected, that this lawsuit cannot proceed, and that renditions are a necessary step to take in this war, must also agree that El-Masri has suffered injuries as a result of our country's mistake and deserves a remedy.[7]

How Two Federal Judges Invoked "Secrecy" to Block Access to Bush Torture Data

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You're just trying to smear the judge so as to muddy the waters.

That's the canned line, isn't it?

Admit it. You're just mad because the judge bought that pair of size 7 shoes you e had your eye on.
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You're just trying to smear the judge so as to muddy the waters.

That's the canned line, isn't it?

Admit it. You're just mad because the judge bought that pair of size 7 shoes you e had your eye on.
Do you hold Trump's surrogates to that same standard...or is smearing anyone who dares to criticize or question Trump's version of events A-okay by you?
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Depends how the appeal would go...it would be a setback to be sure, but given the breadth of other issues it won't be going anytime soon unless Trump fires him and/or Rosenstein.
I'm not sure you understand the ramifications of a dismissal of charges for the reasons the judge was stating/implying.

Or, to put it another way, if the case is dismissed based upon what the judge was talking against, Mueller becomes a candidate for immediate dismissal, as does Rosenstein.
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If the judge tosses the case, Mueller is likely done. How do you think he could go forward after such a thing?
Even if he does not toss the case, it is still not a good look. The Judge is really is not wrong on the facts or that it looks like a malicious prosecution simply to make Manafort cave on other matters. The FBI had all this evidence and decided not to go forward and now that Manafort is somewhat associated with Trump, Mueller decides to put the screws to him on nothing to do with Russia.

The Judge should not just accept the Mueller memo but require Rosenstein to come forward and outline the DOJ's exact conflict on why they can not pursue a 10 year old bank fraud case.
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Do you hold Trump's surrogates to that same standard...or is smearing anyone who dares to criticize or question Trump's version of events A-okay by you?
I'm just parroting the left's response to any criticism of Bobby M.
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