May 6, 2018 By Clarice Feldman
My friend Tom Lipscomb, commenting on the newsworthy but welcome judicial challenge to the scope of the special counsel's power in the Manafort case in Virginia............The best account of the hearing before Judge Ellis I've found is in Reuters............ "I don't see what relationship this indictment has with anything the special counsel is authorized to investigate"........""It's unlikely you're going to persuade me the special counsel has unfettered power to do whatever he wants[.]" ...
"Our investigative scope does cover the activity in the indictment," Dreeben [the Department's deputy solicitor general] told the judge."' ""Cover bank fraud in 2005 and 2007?
Tell me how!" Ellis retorted. ..."'...........
"Rosenstein's May 2017 order laying out the scope of the probe, [Dreeben] told the judge, did not reveal all the details because they involve sensitive national security and counterintelligence matters that could not be divulged publicly, but were conveyed to Mueller."
"Ellis balked, saying Dreeben's answer essentially means the Justice Department was "not really telling the truth[.]"' ..............But there's more.
At American Greatness, Julie Kelly indicates a ruling in which Mueller misrepresented to the court a significant matter that might well lead to his dismissal under the very law of his appointment. ...............Read more