Here’s your surprise news of the day.
CNN legal commentator Matthew Whitaker, a former U.S. Attorney is agreeing with President Donald Trump that the scope of the Special Counsel’s investigation is too broad.
Young Conservatives reports
The President is absolutely correct. Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russia 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing.
According to a CNN article, Mueller’s investigators could be looking into financial records relating to the Trump Organization that are unrelated to the 2016 election. According to these reports, “sources described an investigation that has widened to focus on possible financial crimes, some unconnected to the 2016 election.” The piece goes on to cite law enforcement sources who say non-Russia-related leads that “involve Trump associates” are being referred to the special counsel “to encourage subjects of the investigation to cooperate.”
As a former US Attorney, he knows how troubling this is.
This information is deeply concerning to me. It does not take a lawyer or even a former federal prosecutor like myself to conclude that investigating Donald Trump’s finances or his family’s finances falls completely outside of the realm of his 2016 campaign and allegations that the campaign coordinated with the Russian government or anyone else. That goes beyond the scope of the appointment of the special counsel.
Here he lays out what the parameters of the investigation should be.
The word “investigation” is clearly defined directly preceding it in the same sentence specifically as coordination between individuals associated with the campaign of Donald Trump and Russia. The Trump Organization’s business dealings are plainly not within the scope of the investigation, nor should they be.
If he were to continue to investigate the financial relationships without a broadened scope in his appointment, then this would raise serious concerns that the special counsel’s investigation was a mere witch hunt. If Mueller is indeed going down this path, Rosenstein should act to ensure the investigation is within its jurisdiction and within the authority of the original directive.
But here’s the problem.
They going to look at other things and then try to cudgel people like Paul Manafort into saying something against Trump to try to escape prosecution for something else.
This is the height of impropriety.
It’s a big red flag and Mueller should know it’s a red flag.
But if the reports are true, he’s doing it anyway.
That should tell you all you need to know about his ethics…