(National Sentinel)Â Witch Hunt: A federal judge on Wednesday denied Paul Manafort’s request to have charges brought against him by special counsel Robert Mueller thrown out because they have nothing to do with his mandate to investigate “Trump-Russia collusion” in the 2016 election.
Judge T.S. Ellis III had no alternative. He’s only following the law.
But he’s also been around Washington long enough to knowÂ political chicanery when he sees it.
AndÂ he sees it in Mueller’s “witch hunt” probe of POTUS Donald Trump.
As reported byÂ The Washington Times, Ellis excoriated Mueller and his Democrat-aligned prosecutors because he knows exactly what’s going on: Mueller’s using Manafort in a blatant attempt to snag POTUS on something.
JudgeÂ Ellis, sitting in the Eastern District of Virginia, expressed dismay at the special counsel system and atÂ Mr. Mueller in particular.Â
â€œGiven the investigationâ€™s focus on President Trumpâ€™s campaign, even a blind person can see that the true target of the Special Counselâ€™s investigation is President Trump, not defendant, and that defendantâ€™s prosecution is part of that larger plan,â€ he wrote.
â€œSpecifically, 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.â€
Legal experts say prosecutors will file numerous charges, creating huge legal defense costs, to force targets to talk.
JudgeÂ Ellis, appointed by President Ronald Reagan, also attacked the Justice Department for letting special counsel powers get out of hand. Justice replaced the old â€œindependent counselâ€ law with a new set of â€œspecial counselâ€ regulations meant to reign in open-ended criminal probes the last for years with unlimited budgets.
â€œThe regulations do not require the Special Counselâ€™s investigation to be limited as to time or budget,â€ he wrote.
â€œThus, to provide a Special Counsel with a large budget and to tell him or her to find crimes allows a Special Counsel to pursue his or her targets without the usual time and budget constraints facing ordinary prosecutors, encouraging substantial elements of the public to conclude that the Special Counsel is being deployed as a political weapon.â€
Absolutely Judge Ellis is right.
We agree with Rep. Trey Gowdy. This BS probe is tearing the country apart. Evidence, if it exists, needs to be presented to a grand jury. Otherwise,Â it needs to end.
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