Earlier today U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis overreached when he chose to prosecute Paul Manafort for his business dealings prior to his involvement with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
Judge Ellis presides in the Eastern District of Virginia where Mueller has brought charges against Manafort. The judge’s terse statement was telling:
“I don’t see what relationship this indictment has with anything the special counsel is authorized to investigate.”
Ellis essentially assailed Mueller’s use of what he called “unfettered power” accusing the special counsel of only trying to threaten Manafort into flipping on President Trump.
Ellis’ ire towards Mueller rose as it became obvious that the case against Manafort has absolutely nothing to do with the reason the special counsel was mandated by Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
The judge wanted to know why the case against Manafort was not handed off to the U.S. attorney’s office in Virginia. In Judge Ellis’ view this was potentially proof that the special counsel’s office was intent on turning the screws on Manafort in an effort to bring down the real target – President Trump.
Ellis left the door open to reconsidering his ruling pending the presentation my Mueller of an un-redacted copy of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosentein’s August 2017 memo elaborating on the scope of Mueller’s Russia probe.
Judge Ellis was appointed to the federal bench by Ronald Reagan and confirmed by the Senate in 1987.
Welcome to the Great Awakening.