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Sunday, August 5, 2018
When the Mueller Gang Met Judge Ellis
Ed. It was all going to be quite simple;given absolute power and unlimited funds, Robert Mueller would crush the friends, acquaintances and former colleagues of Donald Trump, forcing them to portray the president as the most dangerous individual in the history of politics, driving him from office, perhaps even putting him in the slam.
But it hasn't worked out quite as Mr. Mueller expected. For it seems that President Trump has not done anything wrong. Lives destroyed by the agenda driven, thoroughly corrupt Special Counsel, countless millions thrown away, the law ignored and the rights of his politically selected targets blatantly violated; yet no one has been found guilty of a damned thing. And now, to make matters even worse, Counsel Mueller and his forces are no longer playing as the 'home team.' That is, they have run out of Obama-appointed judges to provide free reign for their every unlawful or unconstitutional maneuver. Yes indeed, the anticipated straightforward railroading of former Trump campaign manager, Paul Manafort has been derailed by Judge T.S. Ellis--an honest man!
In short: The Manafort trial isn’t going to give Mueller what he
Paul Manafort. Tony
Podesta. Tad Devine. Greg Craig.
Manafort worked for
Trump. Tony Podesta is the brother of Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager. Tad
Devine was Bernie Sanders’ chief strategist. Greg Craig was Obama’s White House
All four men also,
directly or indirectly, allegedly did work for the European Centre for a Modern
Ukraine. And the ECFMU was allegedly a front for Yanukovich's Ukrainian
pro-Russian faction. Manafort and the Podesta Group had failed to register as
foreign agents. Tad Devine had worked for Manafort on the Ukraine project.
Craig had written
a report on Ukraine for one of Manafort’s lobbying efforts.
But only Manafort had
the predawn raid, the solitary confinement and the high profile show trial.
Mueller referred Podesta’s case to the Southern District of New York, which has
been doing some of his dirty work, even though the Podesta Group was based out
of Washington D.C. Tad Devine was called as the first witness at Manafort’s
trial. (Next up was Daniel Rabin, a Democrat ad man who had worked with
Manafort on Ukraine and who had worked on Martin O’Malley’s presidential
campaign. O’Malley’s partner had been O’Malley’s campaign manager and was a
former Obama senior advisor.)
Podesta, Devine and
Craig are getting a pass because it’s not really about Manafort. It’s about
courthouse in Alexandria where the trial is taking place may be the final stop
of a political hit job that makes the ECFMU look like amateurs. Its tentacles
bind together the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, national
security agencies, a former British intel agent, a firm of former journalists
and a scandal bigger than Watergate. But in Alexandria, the hit job may have
met its match.
Until now, the
Mueller coup had gotten exactly the judges that it wanted.
Judge Amy Berman
Jackson, an Obama appointee and Clinton donor, had been shepherding the
Manafort case while giving the Mueller gang everything they wanted. And then
there was Judge Beryl Howell, an Obama nominee and Dem donor who was friends
with Andrew Weissmann, the most aggressive figure on Mueller's team, who tore
up Manafort's attorney-client privilege.
But now Judge T.
Ellis is presiding over the Manafort trial and the free ride is over. Ellis, as
the media is fond of reminding us in every one of its feverish stories about
the trial, is a Reagan appointee. But due to a Democrat congress, Reagan
appointees were a mixed bag. Unlike Judge Jackson and Judge Howell, Judge Ellis
hasn’t favored a side. Instead he he’s refused to put up with any nonsense from
The Mueller gang realized
that the free ride was over when back in May when Judge Ellis directly called
out the prosecution over its real motives in bringing the case.
“You don’t really
care about Mr. Manafort,” he snapped. “You really care about what information
Mr. Manafort can give you to lead to Mr. Trump.”
Robert Mueller aka Robert the 1st
Judge Ellis wasn’t
happy at being used as a prop in a fake trial whose only purpose was to
pressure Manafort into turning on Trump. Unlike the previous rubber stamp
judges, Ellis showed little patience with Mueller’s nasty habit of treating
everything involving the case as top secret. He demanded to know the limits of
Mueller’s authority and a copy of the unredacted DOJ memo on which it was
And he got it.
The Manafort trial
was not to mention Russian collusion, oligarchs and most of the staples of the
media’s obsessive coverage of the case. While the media and the protesters
howled outside, Judge Ellis kept order inside the courtroom. Even the reporters
covering the case were not allowed to speak those words to each other. As the
trial proceeded, the media wasn’t getting its money’s worth.
And Judge Ellis had
his share of fun at their expense, at
one point referring to reporters as having "scurried out of here like
rats out of a sinking ship" after a particularly troubling development.
While Mueller and the
media want to drag out their show trial for as long as possible, Judge Ellis
has made it very clear that he wants to get the trial over and done with as
quickly as possible. His favorite phrase in the case has been, “move along.”
The Mueller gang had built much of its case around showcasing Manafort’s lavish
lifestyle. And Ellis has been disdainful of the prosecution’s theatrics.
He’s refused to allow
the prosecution to parade photos of Manafort’s expensive clothing before the
jury and he dismissed efforts by the prosecution to play the class warfare card
in the Alexandria courtroom.
The pointless tour of
luxury clothing vendors through the courtroom was deflated by Ellis’ impatience
and the only thing it established is that Manafort had bought expensive suits
with international wire transfers. And that could have easily been established
in a fraction of the time without dragging in witnesses to testify to
Manafort’s shopping habits.
After wasting two
days on showcasing luxury clothing store vendors and Democrat political pros
like Tad Devine and Daniel Rabin, the prosecution went right back to talking up
the size of Manafort’s pond and the price of his karaoke machine before
shifting over to more serious testimony from financial pros. Some of these
witnesses had received immunity in exchange for their testimony against
Judge T.S. Ellis
And yet the obsession
with Manafort’s suits, karaoke machine and pond reveal the hollowness of the
case. If the prosecution really had Manafort down cold, it wouldn’t need to
talk about his ostrich jacket. There are only two purposes to such theatrics,
to bias the jury or to play to the cheap seats in the media.
As Judge Ellis had
already pointed out, the trial really isn’t about Manafort. It’s about Trump.
And Manafort is Mueller’s last and only hope. After all the pressure, Manafort
still hasn’t given Mueller what he wants. And so the Mueller gang needs to
score as hard as it can in either this trial or the next one. If Manafort walks
or gets off with a slap on the wrist, the Mueller investigation is effectively
over. It may drag on for another five years, as special counsel circuses have
been known to do, but it will be over.
And everyone knows
Democrat judges had
lent Mueller a hand until now. But the actual case is now in the hands of a
judge who doesn’t like Mueller, doesn’t like his people’s tactics and doesn’t
like being used as a pawn.
Unlike the Democrat
judges with an axe to grind, Judge Ellis is following the law. And he hasn’t
gone outside it to favor either side. Nor is there any reason to believe that
he will. He has questioned and challenged the agenda behind the trial, but he
will leave it up to a jury to come up with a verdict.
And yet the wind has
gone out of the prosecution’s sails.
relationship that the gang enjoyed with its fellow Democrat collaborators on
the bench has been replaced by an impatient judge who isn’t treating the show
trial like a vital institution, but with the skeptical impatience that veterans
of the system reserve for the table pounders wasting their time.
Judge Ellis isn’t
interested in a show trial. He’s asked the prosecution whether it thinks George
Soros is also an oligarch. He’s made it clear that while he knows the agenda
behind the case, there won’t be a Russiagate circus in his courtroom, no
paranoid hysteria or sinister speculation. Nor will the case be allowed to
linger on endlessly attracting swarms of reporters, activists and deep staters.
Manafort may well be
convicted, but it won’t be on the terms that Mueller wanted. Mueller may get
Manafort, but lose Trump.
He may win the battle
in Alexandria, but lose the war.