Washington DC (Storch Report) – Special Counsel Robert Mueller may no longer have ‘unfettered power’ in search of a crime with the intent of bringing down a president.
At a hearing for ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Judge T. S. Ellis III questioned Mueller’s team and where they got the authority to indict Manafort on alleged crimes dating as far back as 2005.
The special counsel team argues that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein granted them broad authority in his May 2, 2017 letter appointing Mueller to this investigation. But after the revelation that the team is using information from the earlier DOJ probe, according to Fox News, Ellis said that information did not ‘arise’ out of the special counsel probe – and therefore may not be within the scope of that investigation.
“You don’t really care about Mr. Manafort,” Ellis told Mueller’s team, “You really care about what information Mr. Manafort can give you to lead you to Mr. Trump and an impeachment, or whatever.”
“We don’t want anyone with unfettered power,” Ellis said.
Mueller’s team said its authorities are laid out in documents including the August 2017 scope memo – and that some powers are actually secret because they involve ongoing investigations and national security matters that cannot be publicly disclosed.
The judge gave the government two weeks to hand over the unredacted “scope memo” or provide an explanation why not — after prosecutors were reluctant to do so, claiming it has material that doesn’t pertain to Manafort.
“I’ll be the judge of that,” Ellis said.
House Republicans have also sought the full document. But Justice only released a redacted version.
Human rights violations have taken place according to many attorneys commenting on Mueller’s activities, in particular they cite the raid on Manaforts’ home as the type of raid that would take place with members of the Mafia or with terrorists. It took place in the middle of the night, with guns drawn, doors knocked down, people sleeping in pajamas, children present and an alleged victim shackled in handcuffs.
Furthermore the raid took place seven days before the special counsel had approval to even conduct it.
The scope of the Mueller charge was to seek out a crime of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Collusion in itself is not a crime. Nevertheless, after two years of investigation, Mueller has come up empty handed and is now pulling out all the dirty tricks available to a special counsel in search of a crime.
Imagine in a Democracy, we search out a crime – even if it didn’t take place – and during our investigation we entrap an individual or individuals with perjury or obstruction of justice and nail them with that charge in order to get them to a place of possible ‘composure’ falsely incriminating someone else? That is called a ‘witch hunt’ and conviction by a ‘Kangaroo Court,’ which usually only takes place in third world countries.
The alleged crime that did take place was in Hillary Clinton’s campaign with classified government emails and a private server, and possibly Russian collusion, but after an investigation by FBI Director, James Comey, subsequently fired, he found wrong doings, but not indictable offenses, according to him, therefore, she was exonerated even before she was even interviewed by the bureau.
During this whole special counsel process, which was politically driven from within the hierarchy of the FBI, a country has been seriously divided with hatred and to date the only crimes that were found and committed have taken place within the FBI, the very department Comey directed.
It is time to seriously investigate the role of the special counsel and the place it has, or shouldn’t have within our democracy.
It is ironic, however, to think that the president that has accomplished more than most presidents of recent times, is being thwarted from doing even more for America by a political ‘witch hunt,’ that spends millions and contributes nothing.