(National Sentinel) Set-up: An August 2017 memo that surfaced during a court filing this week indicates that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and special counsel Robert Mueller may have “colluded to break the law” in order to entrap President Donald J. Trump, according to one legal expert.
As reported by The Gateway Pundit, Mueller used the memo in a court filing to defend the vast scope of his investigation far beyond Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign’s alleged involvement.
“In the heavily redacted memo,” The GP‘s Christina Laila reports, “Robert Mueller admits Rosenstein’s order appointing him to Special Counsel was intentionally vague.”
“This violates the special counsel law that requires a specific statement of facts to be investigated,” said Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett, who is a practicing attorney.
In a tweet, Garrett unleashed on both men, saying they “colluded to break the law.”
“Unethical Mueller, in his court filing, admits that Rosenstein’s order appointing him was intentionally vague. This violates the special counsel law that requires a specific statement of facts to be investigated. Rosenstein and Muller colluded to break the law and should resign,” he wrote.
Unethical Mueller, in his court filing, admits that Rosenstein’s order appointing him was intentionally vague. This violates the special counsel law that requires a specific statement of facts to be investigated. Rosenstein and Muller colluded to break the law and should resign
— Gregg Jarrett (@GreggJarrett) April 3, 2018
The memo was presented to a court in rebuttal to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s claim that Mueller’s indictment of him is improper because it goes beyond the scope of his original mandate. The memo was offered as proof that Mueller’s mandate is much wider.
But Laila says the memo proves no such thing:
The memo is dated August 2, 2017 and is from Rosenstein to Mueller supposedly directing Mueller to look into Manafort actions with a Russian operative perhaps before 2016. This however is clearly outside the scope of Sessions’ recusal as argued by Manafort and doesn’t even address Manafort’s argument that these actions are not for Mueller to take or Rosenstein to order but are Sessions actions alone as AG.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself only from matters related to the Trump campaign, which he advised, and Russia. Manafort’s indictment is outside of that purview, thus rendering Sessions’ recusal from that portion of the investigation moot.
Sessions, therefore, has a constitutional duty to restrain Mueller or at least take control over the parts of his investigation that have nothing to do with the original stated purpose of his appointment — Trump-Russia collusion and interference in the 2016 election.
There is even more reason for Mueller to have never accepted his appointment. Jarrett wrote in June that Trump should demand Mueller resign because under special counsel rules, he cannot have a personal relationship with anyone involved in the probe.
He and former FBI Director James Comey a close friends and former colleagues, Jarrett noted.
“The two men and former colleagues have long been friends, allies and partners. Agents have quipped that they were joined at the hip while at the Department of Justice and the FBI. They have a mentor-protégé relationship. The likelihood of prejudice and favoritism is glaring and severe,” he wrote.
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