Skip to comments.Judge in Manafort case accuses Mueller of gunning for Trump's 'impeachment or prosecution'
Posted on 05/04/2018 6:39:48 PM PDT by NRx
A federal judge Friday accused special counsel Robert Mueller's team of using criminal charges to squeeze former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort to get his help in possibly either prosecuting or impeaching President Donald Trump, multiple reports said.
The judge also strongly suggested that Mueller exceeded the scope of his special counsel office's authorization by charging Manafort with crimes that have nothing to do with Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election or possible Trump campaign collusion with Russians.
"You don't really care about Mr. Manafort's bank fraud," U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III said at a hearing on Manafort's case in Virginia federal court, where the trial in the case is set to begin July 10.
"You really care about what information he might give you about Mr. Trump and what might lead to his impeachment or prosecution," Ellis said.
"That's what you're really interested in," the judge added, saying Mueller's prosecutors are trying to get Manafort to "sing."
Lawyers for Manafort, who served as Trump's campaign manager for several months in 2016, were asking Ellis to dismiss bank fraud charges brought by Mueller, saying the special counsel does not have the authority to bring such charges in this case...
...Ellis questioned why the United States attorney's office in Alexandria, Virginia, was not handling the case in federal court there, as opposed to the special counsel's office.
"I don't see how this indictment has to do with anything the special prosecutor is authorized to investigate," Ellis said.
He also told a prosecutor in Mueller's office at the hearing that he wants to see an uncensored copy of a memo that outlines the scope of the special counsel's investigation.
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"Judge in Paul Manafort case accuses special counsel Robert Mueller of gunning for Trump's 'impeachment or prosecution'"
the judge also asked why RR hasn’t recused himself.
The IG has been given a new thought.
The judge is right and he should dismiss the charges against Manafort.
Why is a federal judge doing the job Sessions should be doing?
Sessions should be asking the same questions as the judge is asking.
Yet Sessions hides, afraid of his own shadow.
This is WAR and we are going to protect democracy with our LIVES!! or we are going to be ruled by communists !! Screw Mule Face!~!
If this is true, then it is pretty shocking. As in I am amazed he wasn’t shot by a sniper after the first sentence.
That judge can absolutely enjoin this sham from further proceeding!! ON HIS OWN MOTION!! They are before him and that is all he needs!!
Heroes sometimes wear robes.
This judge needs to pick this entire fiasco apart in full view of everyone.
Just leave the bare bones drying in the sunlight.
Shall we take bets on who are the targets for the Mueller Fishing Expedition listed in the blacked-out parts of Rosenstein's letter?
Jeff Sessions? (Reuters had an anonymous report within the last month that the Special Counsel had an active investigation going into Jeff Sessions)
Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows?
All of the above?
Jokers wild? (Mueller gets to fill in a name himself)
Will Mueller subpoena the judge now for obstruction?
Let us not forget Judge Sullivan in the Flynn case. He is not taking any BS from the Special Council. Mueller may have to go judge shopping.
Clone him before it is too late.
Emulate Judge Gloria Navarro in the Cliven Bundy travesty:
Dismiss with prejudice!!
And end the Mueller Warlock Hunt.
Supreme Court material