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Sunday, May 6, 2018
Mueller’s got a secret; but Judge Ellis won’t let him keep it!
The following article
appeared in Powerline on May 5th
By Scott Johnson
Senior United States
District Judge T.S. Ellis III has been assigned one of the pending criminal
cases — the one transferred to the Eastern District of Virginia — brought by
the Special Counsel against Paul Manafort. In a hearing on the motion brought
by Manafort to dismiss the charges as beyond the authority of the Special
Counsel, Judge Ellis unloaded. As James Freeman puts
it in his Best of the Web column this afternoon, Judge Ellis “is old enough
to remember when Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller’s
investigation was about alleged Russian collusion. Now the judge wants to know
why Mr. Mueller’s signature prosecution doesn’t appear to have anything to do
with it.” FOX News reports on the hearing here,
Judge T.S. Ellis
The case before Judge
Ellis consists of tax and bank fraud charges that not only have nothing to do
with alleged Russian collusion, but also predate the 2016 presidential campaign
by a decade. It turns they have also previously been under investigation by the
United States Attorney for the District, though not brought until they turned
out to be of use to Mueller.
“I don’t see what
relationship this indictment has with anything the special counsel is
authorized to investigate,” Judge Ellis said. He decried Mueller’s apparently
“unfettered power.” He did not find the power to prosecute Mueller in the May
2017 appointment order, which directed him to pursue links between Russia and
the Trump campaign, as well as “any matter that arose or may arise directly”
from the investigation. He said that Mueller improperly took over existing
Justice Department investigations into Manafort without adequately explaining
what connection it had to the Russia probe.
Freeman derives this
observation from the news reports” “The judge is not just searching for an
explanation as to how the Manafort prosecution relates to Russia and the 2016
election. He also wants to know just how far the special counsel’s authority
extends. Team Mueller doesn’t want to tell him.”
Judge Ellis doesn’t
find what he’s looking for in the May 2017 memo by Deputy Attorney General
Rosenstein. Team Mueller was represented at the hearing by former deputy
solicitor general Michael Dreeben. At the hearing Dreeben took a drubbing.
Asserting that Mueller’s authority is even broader than the mandate given 2017
memo, Dreeben claimed that national security precluded a full accounting of
Mueller must have
given Judge Ellis the same highly redacted copy of the August 2017 memo that is
linked above. Judge Ellis wanted to see the whole thing. He gave Mueller two
weeks to consult with intelligence agencies to determine whether they can
confide a sealed, unredacted version of the memo with him.
Dreeben told him the
redacted portions did not pertain to the Manafort case. “I’ll be the judge,”
CNN quotes Judge
Ellis: “You don’t really care about Mr. Manafort’s bank fraud.” Judge Ellis
demonstrated his grasp of what I’ve been calling the Mueller Switch Project. He
said prosecutors were interested in Manafort only because of his potential to
provide material that would lead to President Trump’s “prosecution or
I don’t know where
we’re going here, but I’m enjoying the ride. I am immensely gratified to find a
responsible judge giving voice to his revulsion over the production engineered
by James Comey, Rod Rosenstein, and Robert Mueller.
Judge Ellis was
appointed to the bench by President Reagan in 1987. He reminds us in his own
way of the importance of President Trump appointing judges to current judicial
vacancies and gutting out the Democrats’ obstruction of judicial appointees as
quickly as possible.