The indictments handed down have nothing to do with the Trump campaign or activities associated with it, but cover actions which go back to 2006—elevens ago. Robert Mueller was FBI Director during that time and should have been aware of Manafort’s dealings with the Russians, but he did not see fit to pursue those connections until now because this is his best chance to leverage any information Manafort may possess concerning Trump and Russia. If Manafort cooperates, Mueller will let him down easy and essentially ignore any crimes he may have committed. This is the dirty side of prosecution.
Paul Manafort has known that he was in trouble since the FBI made a sunrise raid on his home several months back. If indeed he knew anything of value, he would have likely served it up to the Special Prosecutor already in the hope that he would be spared any further hassling. It is apparent Manafort had ties with the Ukraine acting as a non-registered agent of that government, but that does not have anything to do with Mr. Trump or his presidential campaign. The question is, will Manafort perjure himself to save his neck?
As this circus continues to get the daily attention of an obviously biased media, other criminals continue to walk the street. Where is Attorney General Jeff Sessions when it comes down to getting to the bottom of the Uranium One deal struck by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama—a deal that handed over 20% of U.S. uranium resources to the Russian government. Why isn’t he investigating the $145 million donated to the Clinton Foundation from those associated with the Russian deal shortly after the deal was struck or the $500,000 speaking fee Bill Clinton received from a Russian bank about the same time? Then, of course, there is the question concerning what Barack Obama might have gotten out of the deal.
About all AG Sessions has accomplished to date is the removal of the non-disclosure agreement which will allow a businessman to reveal what he knows about Hillary Clinton and the DNC hiring Fusion GPS to create the fake dossier on Trump. Even though the way has been cleared for the man to testify, both Republican and Democrat members of Congress are demanding that it be conducted behind closed doors, citing the sensitivity of the information as it pertains to national security. In truth, they are worried that their own names might just turn up. Nevertheless, the American people have a right know as much as this man can disclose and as soon as possible. Even so, one has to wonder if anything will come of it. We have seen all kinds of scandals paraded before those committees in recent years and it becomes nothing more than a staged drama for the cameras—there is absolutely no accountability.
I am sure that Robert Mueller will be regularly reminding Paul Manafort and Rick Gates that they need to talk if they have any hope of avoiding prosecution. But Mueller may have a problem himself. At least one law scholar is suggesting that Mueller’s entire investigation is unconstitutional in several ways. Pepperdine University law professor Douglas W. Kmiec recently penned an article in the Los Angeles Times pointing out that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the Russian probe and stated that Mr. Mueller does not report to him. Accordingly, Kmiec contends that Mueller has no government supervisor. Kmiec also points out that Mr. Sessions did not conduct a specific initial probe into Russian collusion allegations and thus there was no basis for the appointment of a special counsel, i.e., Mueller. Mueller would have to have been appointed by Congress—which did not happen. Therefore, Kmiec concludes that any indictment issued by Mueller’s team would be unconstitutional. If this is indeed the case, then why aren’t conservatives calling a halt to the witch hunt? Why is Sessions staying silent?
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