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A federal judge has pulled back the curtain on the Mueller investigation and exposed a flagrantly-deceptive political operation aimed at removing the president from office. On Friday, Federal District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III castigated Mueller’s legal team for hypocritically prosecuting former Trump Campaign chairman Paul Manafort when their their real target was Donald Trump.

“You don’t really care about Mr. Manafort’s bank fraud,” Ellis said. “You really care about getting information that Manafort can give you that would reflect on Mr. Trump and lead to his prosecution or impeachment.”

Bingo. Ellis’s frank comments help to identify the political motives that drive the Special Counsel investigation. As the judge notes, the case against Manafort is just a means to an end, a political mechanism used by the junta leaders to depose the president of the United States. In truth, the Mueller Inquisition is a counterintelligence operation that uses legal subterfuge to achieve its broader goal of regime change. In one terse statement, Ellis has lifted the rock on the quisling probe and revealed the brood of worms squirming below.

“If I look at the indictment, none of that information has anything to do with links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of Donald Trump.”

Ellis pointed out that the indictment doesn’t mention Russian individuals, Russian banks, Russian money or Russian payments to Manafort. “I think we ought to be very clear about these facts and what is happening,” he added ominously.

Ellis is just stating the obvious, that Mueller’s battery of highfalutin attorneys don’t give a hoot about Manafort or his dodgy business dealings. What they care about is the Big Game, Donald J.Trump, that’s who’s really in the prosecutorial cross-hairs, not some petty racketeer with a lengthy rap sheet. What I like about Ellis, is not just not way he cuts through the baloney, but the way he calls a spade a spade. Like this gem:

“If you get someone in a conspiracy and get something against them, you can then tighten the screws and they will begin to provide the information you’re really interested in.” (This) “doesn’t have anything to do with Russia or the campaign…(The intention is) “to exert leverage on a defendant so the defendant will turn and provide information on what is really the focus of the Special Prosecutor.”

“Tighten the screws”??

How’s that for candor? In other words, Ellis is comparing Mueller’s coercive tactics to those of other hard-nosed prosecutors who twist the arms of minor drug offenders to get the ‘bigger fish’. That’s clearly what’s going on in the Manafort case where Special Counsel is try to intimidate the former Trump campaign chair hoping he’ll “flip” and do a number on the president. Ellis doesn’t exactly accuse Mueller’s team of ‘witness tampering’, but he comes pretty damn close. He seems to infer that Mueller’s methods are not that much different than a common shake-down artist collecting protection money for the Mob.

It’s impossible to overstate the importance of Ellis’s comments. The highly-regarded judge has impartially reviewed the evidence in front of him and denounced the Mueller Investigation as a fraud. That should be headline news across the country but, of course, it won’t be.

Ellis also repudiates the abusive, below-the-belt tactics of the Mueller team which is clearly operating beyond its mandate. In fact, Ellis challenged Special Counsel’s lead attorney on this very point asking how evidence that was discovered in an earlier investigation could be presented as part of the current case. Special Counsel lawyer Drebeen answered:

“The Special Counsel is authorized to prosecute matters that arose from the investigation that is described earlier in the preamble…So we are not limited in our prosecution authority to crimes that would fit within the precise description that was issued in this public order. If the investigation is valid, the crimes that arose from that investigation are within the SC’s authority to prosecute.”

Judge Ellis, clearly exasperated, responded like this: “Even though it didn’t arise from your investigation? It arose from a preexisting investigation?”

So, according to Mueller’s team, there are no limits to its investigation, the sky’s the limit.

Drebeen’s response was clearly the straw that broke the camel’s back. After a moment’s hesitation, a noticeably agitated Judge Ellis read Drebeen the Riot Act. He said:

“What we don’t want in this country is anyone with unfettered power. We don’t want elected officials, including the president of the United States with unfettered power. So, it’s unlikely you’re going to persuade me the special counsel has unfettered power to do whatever he wants.”

Ellis’s dressing-down of Drebeen was followed shortly after by a demand that Mueller’s team provide Ellis with a full version of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s May 2017 memo in order to clarify the range of Special Counsel’s legal mandate. Here’s a little background on the topic from an article at American Thinker titled “Judge Ellis Wants to See Mueller’s Hunting License”:

“Ellis gave Mueller’s team two weeks to furnish the unredacted memo or justify why they would not. When prosecutors tried to explain that the unredacted version would divulge sensitive national security and counterintelligence information, Ellis accused the Justice Department of “not really telling the truth,” and mocked Mueller’s lawyer for [saying] “we said this was what [the] investigation was about, but we are not bound by it and we were lying.” The Reagan-appointed judge admonished federal prosecutors that “no one has unfettered power”……

…..If the judge dismisses Manafort’s case, Mueller justifiably could be fired. According to the federal statute, a special counsel can be removed for “misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of Departmental policies.” Bungling his biggest case because he exceeded his given authority then tried to obfuscate that fact from the court would certainly meet some of that criteria. (“Judge Ellis Wants to see Mueller’s Hunting License”, Clarice Feldman, American Thinker –Excerpt by Julie Kelly at American Greatness)

Although Mueller has suffered a number of setbacks in recent days, it’s hard to imagine the lanky prosecutor will get his ‘walking papers’ anytime soon. His behind-the-scenes benefactors still think they can carry off their regime change skulduggery despite the fact that the Mueller’s probe has run aground and the beleaguered Rosenstein could soon face impeachment. So while the wheels on the cart have not entirely fallen off just yet, things are looking considerably less rosy for Mueller and Friends.

But as bad as Mueller is, Rosenstein is infinitely worse. In my opinion, Rosenstein’s degraded DOJ is the head of the snake, the iniquitous institution that created the primary legal weapon for removing the president, Special Counsel. Deep-State Rod not only created the Special Counsel, he concealed its mandate, authorized its power, approved its expansion and, now, is stonewalling Congress over documents that are critical to their investigation of whether the Obama administration illegally spied on members to the Trump campaign. Rosenstein has been the shadowy go-to guy in all these maneuverings. The point I’m trying to make, is that an unelected bureaucrat of dubious integrity is entirely responsible for the creation of an agency (Special Counsel) that has no constitutional legitimacy but (amazingly) claims that it has the power and moral authority to take down the elected leader of the country. That’s a bit of a stretch, don’t you think?

Fifth columnist Rosenstein and his elitist co-collaborators are domestic saboteurs engaged in a coup d’etat. I’m glad to see that someone of Ellis’s stature is finally doing something about it.

 
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  1. I thought Bibi and The Donald were good buddies. Can’t Bibi control one little jew in the justice department? Who’s side is Bibi on? And doesn’t Rosenstein work for Sessions? Who’s side is Sessions on? From ZeroHedge:

    As of Friday, three separate Judges have rendered harsh setbacks to the Mueller investigation – demanding, if you can believe it, facts and evidence to back up the Special Counsel’s claims – in unredacted format as one Judge demands, or risk having the cases tossed out altogether.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-06/mueller-investigation-jeopardy-witch-hunt-accusations-play-out-court

    Could it be that the federal judiciary is insufficiently corrupt to cooperate in a coup against an elected president while the Justice Department is directly involved in said coup? How can we know the players without a program?

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  2. What Mueller did here is bog-standard US government practice. And it’s illegal: coerced confession in breach of ICCPR Article 14(g). One illegal means of coercion is financially ruinous arbitrary harassment in rigged courts that deny human rights. Another illegal tactic is ‘plea bargaining,’ piling on fabricated charges to threaten the target with a life sentence. The US government terms it ‘compulsion’ – the same pretext they use to excuse torture. If a prosecutor tried this in a grown-up country like Germany, the judge would tear him a new one. He’d never preen in court again.

    The problem here goes way beyond Mueller. The United States is a regime that shits on derogable and non-derogable core human rights, inter alia the rights of trial. It claims totalitarian powers based on bad-faith interpretations of the legal requisites of sovereignty. The US police state has forfeited its sovereignty and needs to be dismantled, like the USSR.

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  3. “The US police state has forfeited its sovereignty and needs to be dismantled, like the USSR.”

    Agreed. How might this be accomplished?

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    As the Russians will tell you, the catalyst for dissolution of the USSR and the whole Warsaw Pact was loss of interest in external enemies. Russians had no interest in staying cooped up behind the Iron Curtain, which wasn't their idea in the first place. Freedom of movement advocates took to the streets in the Warsaw Pact countries, and the bloc split between hard-liners that wanted to repress the popular demands, like the GDR, and reformists (e.g. Hungary) who wanted to let go. Then elites dismantled the regimes themselves. Germans stormed Stasi HQ and the secret police were too busy shredding documents to roll out their Schild Plan for mass internment of dissidents.

    So peace any of any sort is extremely subversive.

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  4. Ben Frank says:

    I’ve been waiting for somebody to perform John Sirica’s role in upholding the rule of law at a time of crisis. Perhaps Ellis is the one.

    Nobody notes that Ellis is African-American? That provides some shield from attack by leftists.

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  5. @WorkingClass
    "The US police state has forfeited its sovereignty and needs to be dismantled, like the USSR."

    Agreed. How might this be accomplished?

    As the Russians will tell you, the catalyst for dissolution of the USSR and the whole Warsaw Pact was loss of interest in external enemies. Russians had no interest in staying cooped up behind the Iron Curtain, which wasn’t their idea in the first place. Freedom of movement advocates took to the streets in the Warsaw Pact countries, and the bloc split between hard-liners that wanted to repress the popular demands, like the GDR, and reformists (e.g. Hungary) who wanted to let go. Then elites dismantled the regimes themselves. Germans stormed Stasi HQ and the secret police were too busy shredding documents to roll out their Schild Plan for mass internment of dissidents.

    So peace any of any sort is extremely subversive.

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    It's time Americans marched in the streets even if most could only manage a waddle.
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  6. Thank you. The subjects of Imperial Washington are indeed weary of their lot both here and abroad. And the elite are warring against each other. Until the Zempire collapses there will be no peace anywhere.

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  7. Tesshu says:

    “The highly-regarded judge has impartially reviewed the evidence in front of him and denounced the Mueller Investigation as a fraud. That should be headline news across the country but, of course, it won’t be”.

    Whose headlies, er headlines? Those who care will find this information, and many who may miss it are already lost to the MSM narrative.

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  8. Tesshu says:

    “As the Russians will tell you, the catalyst for dissolution of the USSR and the whole Warsaw Pact was loss of interest in external enemies”.

    Russians tell me the “dissolution of the USSR” was “controlled demolition.”

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    I thought so at the time.
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  9. Lulu says:

    Like with everything else, what the US oligarchs use against leftists overseas, with the case of Lulu in Brazil coming to mind, eventually comes home to be used against the citizens of America.

    Same game plan. Use the “law” and “impeachment” to overturn results of an election that the oligarchs and the CIA/FBI don’t like. And, if the judge won’t go along, well the NSA knows all his secrets or they can always judge-shop for another one.

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  10. Salvador says:

    Many Americans know exactly how this works, in that these are standard FBI and Justice Dept tactics used everyday against ordinary Americans. Get a little, almost meaningless something on someone who knows someone, then threaten them with the huge prison sentences and massive fines that the ‘tough-on-crime’ politicians have passed, and then coerce them into testifying against that someone. Repeat the process until the FBI agents have their promotions and the prosecutors have their judgeships.

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  11. @Reserve a MIRV for DoJ HQ
    As the Russians will tell you, the catalyst for dissolution of the USSR and the whole Warsaw Pact was loss of interest in external enemies. Russians had no interest in staying cooped up behind the Iron Curtain, which wasn't their idea in the first place. Freedom of movement advocates took to the streets in the Warsaw Pact countries, and the bloc split between hard-liners that wanted to repress the popular demands, like the GDR, and reformists (e.g. Hungary) who wanted to let go. Then elites dismantled the regimes themselves. Germans stormed Stasi HQ and the secret police were too busy shredding documents to roll out their Schild Plan for mass internment of dissidents.

    So peace any of any sort is extremely subversive.

    It’s time Americans marched in the streets even if most could only manage a waddle.

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    You know what really scares this regime? It's when we start conversing across borders. Solidarity's the term of art. Because inside the beltway they're pretty confident they've got the boot stomping down on our American faces forever, but they're hypersensitive to principled international opposition. They know it's uniform worldwide in the public at large and ineffectively suppressed by a just a few satellite states.

    There are NGOs that do exactly that. More informally, i2p chat is super polyglot and woke. Pursuance Project ( https://pursuanceproject.org/ ) has infrastructure and board representation in the pirate parties. Or you can just sit down and shoot the shit with any random immigrant. You'll be amazed. Where effective political mobilization is concerned, they forgot more than we ever knew.
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  12. @NoseytheDuke
    It's time Americans marched in the streets even if most could only manage a waddle.

    You know what really scares this regime? It’s when we start conversing across borders. Solidarity’s the term of art. Because inside the beltway they’re pretty confident they’ve got the boot stomping down on our American faces forever, but they’re hypersensitive to principled international opposition. They know it’s uniform worldwide in the public at large and ineffectively suppressed by a just a few satellite states.

    There are NGOs that do exactly that. More informally, i2p chat is super polyglot and woke. Pursuance Project ( https://pursuanceproject.org/ ) has infrastructure and board representation in the pirate parties. Or you can just sit down and shoot the shit with any random immigrant. You’ll be amazed. Where effective political mobilization is concerned, they forgot more than we ever knew.

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  13. Tiny Duck says:

    Um, you guys do know that the future is diverse and that the People find your worldview perverse?

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    @Tesshu
    "As the Russians will tell you, the catalyst for dissolution of the USSR and the whole Warsaw Pact was loss of interest in external enemies".

    Russians tell me the "dissolution of the USSR" was "controlled demolition."

    I thought so at the time.

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  15. ewthrone says:

    The judge does not have the authority to stop anything.

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