A Ronald Reagan appointed federal judge in Virginia just destroyed prosecutors from the office of special counsel Robert Mueller. He demanded that the prosecution tell him how allegations of bank and tax fraud allegations —from a decade ago— against ex Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is related to their mandate to investigate Russian election interference.
District Judge T.S. Ellis got right to the point, saying that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was only charging Paul Manafort with bank fraud because Mueller wanted to pressure Manafort for information that might lead to President Donald Trump’s “prosecution or impeachment.”
Judge Ellis got angry with the attorneys from the Mueller team.
“How does bank fraud in 2005 or 2006 have anything to do with coordination with the Russian government? Judge Ellis said. “What is really going on, it seems to me, is that this indictment is to put pressure on Mr. Manafort, but in and of itself has noting to do with your appointment.”
“You don’t really care about Mr. Manafort’s bank fraud,” District Judge T.S. Ellis said during a morning hearing.
At one point, Judge Ellis demanded to know how the Manafort case before them differed from the FBI raid on President Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen. The Cohen case was farmed out by Mueller’s team to prosecutor’s from the Southern District of New York, who received a referral from the special counsel. In the Manafort case, Mueller’s team was in direct control of the investigation.
Judge Ellis, guessed that the Cohen investigation did not “further our core effort to get Trump,” so the Mueller team did not want to waste time on the case.
Judge Ellis delivered a massive smackdown of truth in the courtroom later in the briefing when he summarized prosecutor Michael Dreeben’s argument as “We said what this investigation was about but we are not bound by it and we were lying.”
He then looked at Mr. Dreeben and said, “C’mon man.”
The hearing was centered on Paul Manafort’s motion to have the charges against him dismissed in federal court in Alexandria. Manafort’s defense attorney Kevin Downing stated that the alleged crimes brought against his client by Mueller’s team are unrelated to Mueller’s original mandate to investigate whether or not the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.
Two years after the original allegations were made, there has yet to be a single drop of evidence providing any conclusive proof that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 election.
Judge Ellis seemed to agree with the conclusions of Manafort’s defense, but refused to issue a ruling Friday stating he needed to see Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s full and unredacted August 2017 memorandum granting Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s extended authority over Paul Manafort’s case. The original document was “heavily redacted” by the special counsel’s team.
FBI Personnel Suddenly Quit as the Inspector General Horowitz Report Looms
Meanwhile, as the judge was delivering the verbal beatdown in federal court for the Mueller team, Lisa Page quit her job at the FBI. Lisa Page was an instrumental figure, along with Peter Strzok, Andrew McCabe, and several others, in the FBI secret cabal attempting to initiate a deep state coup against President Donald Trump.
To aid in this endeavor, Andrew McCabe allegedly ordered FBI officials to alter 302 statements in order to “get Flynn” and “get Trump.” Lisa Page and Peter Strzok were working additionally to ensure the Hillary Clinton investigation was soft pedaled, according to their texts released to Congress. Andrew McCabe may have even issued a “stand-down order” on the Hillary Clinton investigation.
Peter Strzok was booted from the Special Counsel investigative team after these revelations were revealed, but he still remains on the payroll of the FBI. Lisa Page no longer is employed with the bureau.
The other official who resigned was James Baker:
He served as the F.B.I.’s top lawyer until December when he was reassigned as the new director, Christopher A. Wray, began installing his own advisers. Mr. Baker had been investigated by the Justice Department on suspicion of sharing classified information with reporters. He has not been charged.
James Baker and Lisa Page were two of James Comey’s closest confidants at the FBI.
Does this have any relation to the Horowitz team’s imminent release of the report detailing the investigations by the intelligence community into the Presidential contenders of the 2016 election? Given the behavior of Andrew McCabe —sudden resignation and announcement of retirement— after the mini-report from the inspector general was made known to FBI Director Christopher Wray in secret in February, this upcoming report is likely to end the careers of a lot of intelligence community personnel.