It seems every Trump hater on PoFo saw the handwriting on the wall of throwing charges at Manafort to try to get to Trump. Now that a federal judge has done the same thing and is questioning the scope of the special counsel--since all of the charges against Mueller have nothing to do with the Trump campaign--it seems that many here on PoFo are silent about their very own commentary.
A federal judge on Friday harshly rebuked Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team during a hearing for ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort – suggesting they lied about the scope of the investigation, are seeking “unfettered power” and are more interested in bringing down the president.
"You don't really care about Mr. Manafort,” U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III told Mueller’s team. “You really care about what information Mr. Manafort can give you to lead you to Mr. Trump and an impeachment, or whatever."
Further, Ellis demanded to see the unredacted “scope memo,” a document outlining the scope of the special counsel’s Russia probe that congressional Republicans have also sought.
This is an issue for Rod Rosenstein too. As Congress and the courts begin questioning the scope of the investigation--two co-equal branches of government--it begins to cast a pall on the special counsel and its overseer.
Judge rejects Mueller's request for delay in Russian troll farm case
Under US law, criminals enjoy a rarely exercised right to a speedy trial. The Russian corporate defendants in the case Mueller charged have volunteered to enter a plea. Mueller claims he hasn't been able to serve them and is now trying to stop the case from moving forward on technicalities, only to be rebuffed by the court. It will be interesting to see if the Russian corporations press for a speedy trial that Mueller's team evidently isn't prepared for.
The three businesses accused of facilitating the alleged Russian troll farm operation — the Internet Research Agency, Concord Management, and Concord Catering — were also expected to simply ignore the American criminal proceedings.
Last month, however, a pair of Washington-area lawyers suddenly surfaced in the case, notifying the court that they represent Concord Management. POLITICO reported at the time that the move 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.
-- Teddy Roosevelt