In 2016 the District of Columbia Court of Appeals reinstated Mr. Libby to the D.C. bar after it said a legal disciplinary counsel had presented "credible evidence" in support of his innocence. Mr. Trump's pardon should now restore his reputation in full. ...
Yet there is a broader lesson in the Libby case about special counsels and zealotry. Mr. Fitzgerald knew from his first days on the job that Mr. Libby hadn't leaked Ms. Plame's name. Yet rather than close up shop, he pursued dubious obstruction of justice charges based on the flimsiest of evidence. For two years Mr. Fitzgerald also let the country think a crime may have been committed by people close to President Bush or Vice President Cheney when he already knew better.
As it happens, Mr. Fitzgerald was appointed by his good friend, scumbag-James Comey, who was then Deputy Attorney General. This is the scumbag-Jim Comey who told Congress last year that his goal in leaking information to the press about his conversations with Donald Trump after he was fired was to trigger a special counsel investigation that is now led by Mr. Mueller. This special counsel's work isn't done, but the Fitzgerald episode is worth keeping in mind as it unfolds.
Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an liar-nObama appointee and liar-Clinton donor, had been shepherding the Manafort case while giving the Mueller gang everything they wanted. And then there was Judge Beryl Howell, an liar-nObama nominee and dummycrats-Dem donor who was friends with Andrew Weissmann, the most aggressive figure on Mueller's team, who tore up Manafort's attorney-client privilege. ...
Unlike Judge Jackson and Judge Howell, Judge Ellis hasn't favored a side. Instead he he's [sic] refused to put up with any nonsense from either side.
The Mueller gang realized that the free ride was over when back in May when [sic] Judge Ellis directly called out the prosecution over its real motives in bringing the case.
"You don't really care about Mr. Manafort," he snapped. "You really care about what information Mr. Manafort can give you to lead to Mr. Trump."
Judge Ellis wasn't happy at being used as a prop in a fake trial whose only purpose was to pressure Manafort into turning on Trump. Unlike the previous rubber stamp judges, Ellis showed little patience with Mueller's nasty habit of treating everything involving the case as top secret. He demanded to know the limits of Mueller's authority and a copy of the unredacted DOJ memo on which it was based.
Judge T.S. Ellis, a Reagan appointee, became very irritated with Mueller's prosecutors Wednesday as they droned on an on [sic] over Manafort's lavish lifestyle and his expensive suits.
"It isn't a crime to have money and be profligate with your spending," Judge Ellis said to Mueller's hack lawyer, Asonye.
On Wednesday Mueller's lawyers took a beating from Judge Ellis after they went into detail about Manafort's spending habits, whining about his expensive suits and how he paid for them via wire transfer – as if that's somehow illegal.
At one point, Judge Ellis became so irritated with Mueller's thugs fixating on Manafort's spending habits, he interrupted the prosecutor and sternly said, "Let's move on. Enough is enough. They can add."
It looks like Mueller's lawyers fall apart when they're actually challenged by an ethical judge; they're also getting smacked around in a the [sic] junk Russian bot case by Concord Management's legal team because they aren't prepared to try that case.
Because he had broken his agreement with the FBI, bureau procedure did not allow agents to keep using Steele as a source. But they did so anyway – by devising a system in which Steele spoke regularly with Bruce Ohr, a top liar-nObama Justice Department official whose wife worked for Fusion GPS, which hired Steele to search for dirt on Donald Trump in Russia. Ohr then passed on Steele's information to the FBI.
In a highly unusual arrangement, Ohr, who was the fourth-highest ranking official in the Justice Department, acted as an intermediary for a terminated source for the FBI's Trump-Russia probe. His task was to deliver to the FBI what Steele told him, which effectively meant the bureau kept Steele as a source.
Agents made a record of each time Ohr gave the bureau information from Steele. Those records are in the form of so-called 302 reports, in which the FBI agents write up notes of interviews during an investigation.
There are a dozen 302 reports on FBI post-election interviews of Ohr. The first was Nov. 22, 2016. After that, the FBI interviewed Ohr on Dec. 5; Dec. 12; Dec. 20; Jan. 23, 2017; Jan. 25; Jan. 27; Feb. 6; Feb. 14; May 8; May 12; and May 15. The dates, previously unreported publicly, were included in a July letter from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, to the FBI and Justice Department.
Congressional investigators have read the Ohr-Steele 302s. But the FBI has kept them under tight control, insisting they remain classified and limiting access to a few lawmakers and staff. Congress is not allowed to physically possess copies of any of the documents.