Russian Trolls and Manafort vs. Mueller’s unfettered power and deep state secrets
WASHINGTON: What’s Special Counsel Robert Mueller hiding? Thanks to attorneys representing Russians who supposedly “sowed discord” during the 2016 presidential election, we may soon find out. When Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the indictment of 13 Russian nationals and 3 companies, he obviously assumed they would never respond to the charges. After all, they were safe in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, far from Mueller’s legal reach. But they are forgetting Mueller’s unfettered power to destroy Trump associates under legal defense bills. Is this hunt for Russian Trolls just a distraction from finding the deep state secrets liberals are burying?
Here come the Russian trolls
Surprise, surprise; attorneys representing Concord Management, an indicted co-conspirator, filed a discovery motion in U.S. District Court that requires Mueller’s office to share its evidence against their client.
In response, Muellers’ team asked U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich to delay the first day’s trial set for Wednesday. The judge refused.
Mueller’s unfettered power reveals a nothing burger
According to POLITICO, the Russian troll’s legal maneuver “appeared to be a bid to force Mueller’s team to turn over relevant evidence to the Russian firm and perhaps even to bait prosecutors into an embarrassing dismissal in order to avoid disclosing sensitive information.”
And what is so sensitive about Mueller’s information?
Here’s a guess: there is no evidence tying the Russian trolls or any of the other indicted co-conspirators to President Trump or anyone on his 2016 campaign team. No “collusion,” hence all the embarrassment.
U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III – A judge better than an investigative reporter
While we are on the subject of legal embarrassments, Mueller’s guys received a swift kick in the pants from U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III. He asked the government’s legal beagles how prosecuting former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort for financial crimes, with some charges more than decade old, have any bearing on charges of Trump/Russia collusion in 2016.
“You don’t really care about Mr. Manafort’s bank fraud. You really care about getting information Mr. Manafort can give you that would reflect on Mr. Trump and lead to his prosecution or impeachment,” said Judge Ellis.
Ellis clearly insinuates Mueller’s charges against Trump associates goal is to suborn perjury. That’s because some people will say anything to stay out of jail and escape financial ruin.
And the judge was less than happy that Mueller’s lawyers presented him with a heavily redacted version (there’s that hiding again) of Assistant AG Rosenstein’s memo outlining the scope of Mueller’s investigative powers.
Government secrecy and unfettered power
Ellis ordered that they present him with an unredacted version with all its so-called “classified” portions.
“The American people feel pretty strongly about no one having unfettered power,” Ellis told Mueller’s men.
He makes a good point. Indeed, that’s why in 2016 Americans rejected eight years of unfettered Obamaism and its pledged four-year continuance under a Hillary Clinton presidency.
And when judges Friedrich and Ellis are done, Mueller’s unfettered power, shrouded in secrecy, will melt in the light of day.
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