Skip to comments.Judge rejects Manafort attempt to dismiss criminal case
Posted on 05/15/2018 8:00:04 PM PDT by Magnatron
Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Tuesday rejected former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's attempt to invalidate the criminal case against him in Washington.
Manafort had claimed special counsel Robert Mueller's appointment order was too broad, and thus his investigation had overstepped its legal authority.
But Berman Jackson concluded for several reasons that Mueller's investigation and prosecution of Manafort is legal -- and that the special counsel still can maintain some independence while working within the Department of Justice.
Manafort has pleaded not guilty to charges related to his lobbying work for Ukrainian politicians dating back to a decade ago.
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No surprise....Obama appointee...
Did anybody doubt that the coup will always get whatever it wants in Federal court?
Can anyone explain how trying the case in two different courts is legal? What happens if Ellis comes back an rules contrary to this charlatans transparently political ruling?
Evidently the tax charges have to be filed in the jurisdiction where the defendant lives. In Manafort's case that is Virginia,.
Manaforts lawyers split the case.
My brother has never had a computer and just got his first smartphone and already loves Google.
It's not only legal, it's required by the Constitution: "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law" (6th Amendment).
It seems the corruption runs deep. How to combat this?
“Did anybody doubt that the coup will always get whatever it wants in Federal court?”
Yes, at least when it comes to Judge T.S. Ellis.
Affirmative action idiot appointed by an affirmative action idiot.
Getting that judge to go with Mueller is not much of a victory. It was a foregone conclusion. She’s not a judge, she’s a political plant.
You need to inform him that Google is a grave threat to our freedom.
obama appointee confirmed under the nuclear option. rotten bastard harry reid should rot in hell for all he wrought during his morally vile reign as senate majority leader.
God must get pretty disgusted at the idea that Google could outdo Him. Where is anybody’s faith at all?
He said to tell you to **** ***.
I never understood why Manafort’s legal team made such weak legal arguments in the DC district court challenging the authority of Special Counsel Mueller’s power to prosecute.
In their oral argument in the Virginia district court, they made stronger arguments, edging closer toward the claim that Mueller is a de facto US Attorney and therefore unlawfully appointed.
They didn’t use the argument I posited on here a few months back, that the DOJ cannot on the one hand purport to vest in Mueller per the language of the regulations the full power of a US Attorney but on the other hand fail to comply with the requirements of the US Code that a US Attorney must be appointed by the president and confirmed by the senate.
Nor did they use the argument Steve Calebresi made the other day in the WSJ that Mueller is a principal officer, not an inferior officer, under constitutional jurisprudence and therefore must be appointed by the president and confirmed by the senate.
Furthermore, the provision of DOJ regulations that claims Mueller’s power cannot be challenged by anyone other than the DOJ was never fully argued. The DC judge swallowed this whole. But this cannot stand when the defect goes to whether Mueller has power in the first place to prosecute in the federal courts. It would be like a guy coming into court off the street, falsely claiming to have the power of a US Attorney and filing a criminal indictment against someone. It’s not acceptable to say the defendant can’t challenge the authority of such person to prosecute.
And Manafort’s legal team doesn’t seem to be delving into the question of back-dating - even assuming the two appointment letters are valid, did Mueller have the authority to obtain search warrants against Manafort before the date of the second letter having to do with matters granted only in the second letter?
And any claim that Rosenstein gave Mueller earlier oral authority should result in both Mueller and Rosenstein being made to give sworn testimony in open court.
We shall all be well and truly f***ed. I shouldn't have disturbed your slumber. Tell him to put a Siri or an Alexa in his home. He'll like that too.
Amy Berman Jackson is a Fake Judge all the way.
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