A federal judge slammed Robert Mueller’s year-long investigation in a ruling released this week, saying “even a blind person can see” the special counsel was using Paul Manafort to “target” the President.
US District Judge T.S. Ellis III released the statement Thursday, blasting Mueller’s months-long probe into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia; adding “charges against defendant are intended to induce defendant to cooperate with the Special Counsel by providing evidence against the President.”
“Given the investigation’s focus on President Trump’s campaign, even a blind person can see that the true target of the Special Counsel’s investigation is President Trump, not defendant, and that defendant’s prosecution is part of that larger plan,” he wrote.
“Specifically, the charges against defendant are intended to induce defendant to cooperate with the Special Counsel by providing evidence against the President or other members of the campaign. Although these kinds of high-pressure prosecutorial tactics are neither uncommon nor illegal, they are distasteful,” Ellis added.
h/t Washington Times
MUELLER MADNESS: Charged Company Says Mueller Out to ‘Indict ANY Russian’
Attorneys for a Russian company indicted for “meddling” in the 2016 presidential election slammed the special counsel’s ongoing probe Monday; saying Robert Mueller’s team was out to “indict a Russian… any Russian.”
Lawyers for Concord Management and Consulting LLC slammed Mueller’s “political” witch hunt; claiming their clients had nothing to do with interfering in the 2016 race for the White House for either political candidate.
“The reason is obvious, and political to justify his own existence the Special Counsel has to indict a Russian — any Russian,” the lawyers wrote.
The attorneys called on US District Judge Dabney Friedrich to overturn the indictment, saying “With that information, the court can determine whether those instructions could support a motion to dismiss the facially invalid count one of the indictment.”
“The instant indictment fails to allege that the defendant knew it was acting unlawfully and that it intended to violate the underlying regulatory offenses,” the court paperwork said.
MUELLER MADNESS: Federal Judge Says Mueller ‘LYING’ to Target Trump
A federal judge issued a stark rebuke to the special counsel’s office Friday, accusing Mueller’s team of “lying” to expand its investigation into Russian collusion in an attempt to deliberately target the President.
According to Fox News, US District Judge T.S. Ellis lashed-out at Mueller’s office during a hearing for former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort; saying the special counsel was using Manafort to dig-up information on the President.
“You don’t really care about Mr. Manafort,” said the judge. “You really care about what information Mr. Manafort can give you to lead you to Mr. Trump and an impeachment, or whatever.”
Ellis then demanded the team release the “scope memo,” a document outlining the initial “scope” of the investigation after the appointment of Robert Mueller to lead the probe into Russian collusion.
“We don’t want anyone with unfettered power,” he added
“He summed up the argument of the Special Counsel’s Office as, “We said this was what [the] investigation was about, but we are not bound by it and we were lying,’” writes Fox.
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