A federal judge said special counsel Robert Mueller should not have “unfettered power” in probing ties between President Donald Trump campaign and Russia, and accused Mueller of using criminal cases to pressure Trump’s allies to turn against him , even accusing his team of “lying”.
At a tense hearing in a federal court in Virginia on Friday, US district judge T. S. Ellis III sharply questioned whether Mueller exceeded his authority in filing tax and bank bank fraud charges against Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort.
Ellis said the indictment appeared to be a way for Mueller to leverage Manafort in to providing information about Trump. “The vernacular is to sing” he said,.”You don’t really care about Mr Manafort,” the judge said,. “You really care about what information Mr Manafort can give you to lead to Mr Trump” and his eventual prosecution or impeachment. “It’s unlikely you are going to persuade me the special counsel has unfettered power to do whatever he wants,” Ellis, who was appointed by Republican President Ronald Reagan, said at a hearing to Manafort’s motion to dismiss the Virginia charges.
This defense didn’t prove to be persuasive enough for Judge Ellis , who summed up the Mueller team’s argument as, “We said this was what the investigation was about, but we are not bound by it and we were lying”.
Trump enthusiastically read the judge’s comments out loud to his audience during a speech to the National Rifle Association in Dallas, saying they echoed his long standing views. HE called Ellis “a very respected man”.
“I have been saying that for a long time. It’s a witch hunt,” he said of Mueller’s probe in to his campaign’s ties to Russia and whether it colluded with Russians to interfere in the 2016 election.
The sharp tone of the judge’s comments could spell trouble for Mueller’s case against Manafort and put even greater pressure on Rosenstein to rein in the Russia investigation.In an August 2, 2017, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein authorized Mueller to investigate this case. The hearing on Friday was the third one Manafort has tried to get charges against him dismissed. A civil case alleging the justice department’s order appointing Mueller was overly broad was tossed last month. He also asked for dismissal of the Washington-based criminal charges on similar legal grounds.
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