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Thursday, May 10, 2018
Judge Calls Out Mueller For Witch Hunt
Ed.A great read, containing a Blow by Blow
account of the 1 sided battle between Judge Ellis and prosecutorDreeben. Team Mueller is in trouble.
A federal trial
judge’s merciless thrashing of lawyers for out-of-control Special Counsel
Robert Mueller prosecuting Paul Manafort suggests that the former Trump
campaign manager’s conviction on unrelated bank fraud charges may not be the
foregone conclusion the media keeps telling us it is.
Judge T.S. Ellis
independent-minded behavior of T.S. Ellis III at a May 4 hearing on a motion to
dismiss charges against Manafort seems so unlike that of so many of his
applause-seeking brethren on the federal bench. It also seems to indicate there
are still federal judges out there who are not establishment toadies shackled
in thrall-like servility to the Deep State. (A transcript of the day’s
proceedings may be viewed here.)
President Reagan in 1987, Alexandria, Va.-based Judge Ellis “could be the
ultimate nightmare” for Mueller, Richard Pollock notes at the Daily Caller, adding that a
dismissal of the charges against Manafort “could be a major wrecking ball to
Mueller’s overall case in his Russian collusion case against President Donald
At the hearing last
Friday, Judge Ellis reminded those in the courtroom that he has handled several
espionage cases and currently holds one of the government’s highest level
security clearances, as he gave Mueller team member Michael R. Dreeben, a dressing-down.
The financial charges
against Manafort arise from events way back in 2005 that are well outside
Mueller’s original mandate to probe the Trump campaign’s alleged electoral
collusion with Russia in 2016. “C’mon man!” the judge said in a series of
caustic, sarcasm-laden encounters.
Mueller and Manafort
“If I look at the
indictment, none of that information has anything to do with links or
coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the
campaign of Donald Trump,” he told Dreeben. “So I don’t see what relation this
indictment has with anything the special prosecutor is authorized to
Judge Ellis expressed
anger over Mueller’s redaction of 75 percent of a 2017 so-called scope memo
from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, which outlined Mueller’s
Mueller, claiming the prosecutor’s real intention was, “to exert leverage on a
defendant so that the defendant will turn and provide information on what is
really the focus of the special prosecutor,” which is President Trump.
explaining that the “investigatory scope” granted to Mueller’s office allowed
prosecutors to include wrongs from more than a decade ago.
Ellis hit back.
“My question to you
was, how does bank fraud and these other things that go back to 2005, 2007, how
does that have anything to do with links and/or coordination between the
Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of Trump?”
The document creating
the special counsel’s office allowed prosecutors to go on a fishing expedition,
Dreeben said in different words. “We are not limited in our prosecution
authority to crimes that would fit within the precise description that was
issued in this public order,” he said.
Michael R. Dreeben
Judge Ellis would
have none of it. He told Mueller’s team members their real goal was to get
Manafort to “sing” in order to hurt President Trump. “I’ve been here a long
time. The vernacular is to sing,” he said.
The judge thumped
Mueller, claiming he wanted “unfettered power,” something the Founding Fathers
opposed. “What we don’t want in this country is we don’t want anyone with
unfettered power,” he said. “So it’s unlikely you’re going to persuade me that
the special prosecutor has unlimited powers to do anything he or she wants.”
Dreeben said his
office is following the directives issued by Rosenstein, who has oversight
responsibility for Mueller. One of those documents was 75 percent redacted, the
“Why don’t I have a
full copy it?” Ellis asked.
“The only paragraphs
that are to Mr. Manafort are the ones that are pertinent are the ones contained
in this record,” Dreeben answered.
“Well, let me use a
phrase that I’m fond of that I used to use with my children,” the judge said
sarcastically. “I can’t use it with my wife, but I’ll be the judge of whether
it relates to the others.”
Dreeben said he would
ask the intelligence community if the redacted portions of the classified memo
could be shared with the judge.
“Yes, of course, you
may do that,” Ellis said. “If any part of it is classified, it won’t surprise
you to know that a district judge is fully cleared. In fact, I have several
espionage trials underway,” he said.
The judge added, “I
must tell you that I'm exercising uncharacteristic restraint on my part not to
require you to tell me about those things, but I think I have an adequate
record now.” He gave Dreeben two weeks to get back to him.
Judge Ellis then
lectured Dreeben, eventually thanking him for his “entertaining” arguments.
“You don’t really
care about Mr. Manafort’s bank fraud,” he said. “You really care about what
information Mr. Manafort can give you that would reflect on Mr. Trump or lead
to his prosecution or impeachment or whatever. That’s what you’re really
Mueller’s team has
been accused of partisanship, and for good reason.
Department guidelines prevent Mueller from considering political affiliation in
the hiring process, as of February, not even one of the 16 lawyers known to work for him at the time was a registered
Republican. (Mueller is nominally a Republican, a tired talking point
left-wingers recite ad nauseam, though his true allegiance is to the
Washington swamp.) Thirteen of the 16 lawyers are registered Democrats, and 11
are Democrat donors.
Three of the team
members listed in the transcript as appearing at the May 4 hearing have given
campaign contributions to Democrats.
Andrew A. Weissman
gave $2,300 to President Obama’s campaign in 2008 and $2,000 to the DNC in
2006. Greg D. Andres gave a total of $5,400 to Sen. Kristen Gillibrand’s
(D-N.Y.) reelection campaign last year, according to Heavy.
Uzo E. Asonye gave $900 to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.
At the American Spectator, Ben
Stein praised Judge Ellis, saying he “just dropped a bomb right down Mueller’s
smokestack and it’s blowing him up.”
“And suddenly the
emperor had no clothes,” Stein writes.
witch hunt was revealed… a naked political vendetta, a crude attempt to use a
nonexistent crime to dethrone the President.” The investigation is “[a]
limitless pit of political hatred dressed up as law enforcement. Something much
too much like a lynch mob of media, politicians, and pornographers out to
overthrow the Constitution.”
Stein speaks the
truth, of course, so his comments will be ignored.