Things in the Paul Manfort case are pointing to the Mueller mess that Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein may have created. The Judge in the Manafort case is now asking the questions that millions of us have already asked. It has always appeared that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was granted a license to conduct a witch hunt as far and as wide as he wanted to go. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson asked questions of about Rosenstein’s directive and indicated that it seemed to violate Department of Justice regulations. If this is true, and it seems so, what will be the impact on all of Mueller’s investigations? Do you think that they should all be thrown out?
As Written and Reported By Josh Gerstein for POLITICO:
A federal judge raised doubts Thursday about the scope of the order used to appoint special counsel Robert Mueller to probe alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
During a two-and-a-half hour hearing in one of Mueller’s criminal cases against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson questioned whether Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s directive appointing Mueller granted him more authority than Justice Department regulations appear to permit.
Manafort’s lead defense attorney, Kevin Downing, noted that the May 17 order appointing Mueller grants him authority to pursue the Trump-Russia probe as well as other issues that “may arise” from that investigation. Downing said that was at odds with Justice’s rules, which say a special counsel must be told of the “specific factual matter” in his or her mandate.
“That’s a fair point,” Jackson said, adding later: “I don’t think that, as good as he is, that the deputy attorney general can see into the future.”
However, it’s far from clear whether whatever doubts Jackson may have about the appointment order will actually benefit Manafort in the criminal cases he currently …..
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