Judge Sounds Off On Special Counsel Lawyer, Says Manafort Investigation Is Outside Scope

Early into Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into potential collusion with members of the Trump campaign and Russian entities, former campaign manager Paul Manafort was indicted.

While the charges were not at all related to the campaign, to potential collusion with Russia, or into matters concerning the election, the Special Counsel moved to take Manafort to court in the United States v. Paul Manafort.

The case went before United States District Court Judge T. S. Ellis.

Ellis was reportedly not having anything the Special Counsel was serving and instead criticized the indictment as a ploy by the investigative team to try and flip Manafort against President Trump.

Per CNN:

A federal judge expressed deep skepticism Friday of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation in the bank fraud case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, at one point saying he believes that Mueller’s motivation is to oust President Donald Trump from office.

Although Mueller’s authority has been tested in court before, Friday’s hearing was notable for District Judge T.S. Ellis’ decision to wade into the divisive political debate around the investigation.

Ellis repeated his suspicion that Mueller’s office was after Trump several times in the hourlong court hearing. He said he’ll make a decision at a later date about whether Manafort’s case can go forward.

Manafort has asked the judge to review Mueller’s authority to bring charges in an investigation that began well before the special counsel’s appointment and focused on actions years before the campaign.

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Here’s more, per Reuters:

A federal judge said Special Counsel Robert Mueller should not have “unfettered power” in probing ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia, and accused Mueller of using criminal cases to pressure Trump’s allies to turn against him.

“You don’t really care about Mr. Manafort,” the judge said. “You really care about what information Mr. Manafort can give you to lead to Mr. Trump” and his eventual prosecution or impeachment.

“It’s unlikely you’re going to persuade me the special counsel has unfettered power to do whatever he wants,” Ellis, who was appointed by Republican President Ronald Reagan, said at a hearing on Manafort’s motion to dismiss the Virginia charges.

Check it out:

The judge immediately notes all charges brought before Manafort happened well before his time with the campaign and subsequently have no connection to Trump:

Ellis sees right through the veil:

When the Special Counsel tried to defend their actions, things got heated:

Ellis is not allowing judicial games to be played in his courtroom:

Now, it’s Manafort’s legal team’s turn:

The judge continues to call out the Special Counsel over the actual scope of its investigation:


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