SURPRISE: Mueller Investigation NAILS its FIRST Criminal

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SURPRISE: Mueller Investigation NAILS its FIRST Criminal

Hold onto your hats kids.

Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign potentially colluding with the Russians has taken an interesting turn. He’s actually found a culprit.

As The Chicago Tribune reported,

A Dutch lawyer tied to former Trump deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates became the first person to be sentenced in Robert Mueller’s investigation when a federal judge sentenced him on Tuesday to spend 30 days in prison and pay a $20,000 fine after he admitted to lying to investigators.

Alex van der Zwaan, who worked with Gates and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort while he practiced law at a large international firm, admitted to lying and failing to turn over emails to Mueller’s team in February.

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 He was wrapped into the special counsel’s investigation last fall after his firm, Skadden Arps, began to cooperate in an investigation of Manafort and Gates’ alleged contact with Ukrainians and Russians during the 2016 election. He lied in his first voluntary interview with investigators in November, and according to both Judge Amy Berman Jackson and prosecutor Andrew Weissmann on Tuesday, was “caught red-handed.”

Yes, van der Zwaan was caught “red handed!” But what does this have to do with Trump? Absolutely nothing.

Everyday it seems as if Mueller’s investigation gets farther away from nailing president Trump. If Democrats were smart, they would stop kicking their own asses and end this nonsense.

But as we know, Democrats love a good ass-kicking, even if it’s their own. Look at November 16, 2016.

As for Manafort, recall he surrendered to the FBI on charges of conspiracy against the U.S., money laundering and more in a 12-count indictment produced by special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. But these indictments had to do with shady financial dealings of Manafort that date back to 2010.

Needless to say, the timing was way before Donald Trump’s supposed collusion with the Russians on the election. That is, unless Mueller can go back in time to prove that Trump set his devious plan in motion when Trump starred on Celebrity Apprentice.

And then there is that pesky detail of Manafort’s legal troubles having othing to do with the Trump/Russia collusion conspiracy. Details!

Nevertheless, the witch-hunt continues. Further, the outcome netted a 30-day jail sentence for a Dutch lawyer. Let me put this another way. Mueller’s dragnet convicted a Dutchman for not attempting to thwart an American election with the help of the Russians.

What a criminal!

It’s not like Mueller revealed the identity of Dr. Evil. He didn’t capture the Joker or the Penguin, thus keeping Gotham City safe. He captured a girl scout selling cookies outside the brothel.

How did we get here?

We must look at the facts. Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation.  Then, Rosenstein was somehow recommended and hired as Assistant AG.

Rosenstein hired Mueller to investigate president Trump and his campaign members despite Mueller’s conflicts of interest. What are these conflicts you might ask?

Well, for starters, Fast and Furious, the Clinton Foundation, Clinton emails, Uranium One, and the IRS scandal all fizzled with no wrongdoing identified over Mueller’s years with the FBI. Mueller also was best friends with “Mr. gross negligence” himself, former FBI Director James Comey.

This conflict is obvious, given that Mueller, though having broad latitude in this investigation has not looked into the Uranium One deal. Few can argue that this deal certainly has more potential involvement with Russian than anything Trump has done.

Prior to the Obama administration approving the very controversial Uranium One deal in 2010, the FBI had evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were involved in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering in order to benefit Vladimir Putin.

The FBI approved the deal anyway.  And Rosenstein and Mueller were the ones who allowed the Uranium One deal to go forward.

So, despite all of the Russia collusion and illegal activity Mueller oversaw, he somehow is seen credible by leftists to uphold the law.

Gregg Jarrett at FOX News wrote when initially Mueller brought charges against Manafort that Mueller is tasked with finding a crime that does not exist in the law. It is a legal impossibility. He is being asked to do something that is manifestly unattainable.

As I pointed out in a column last May, the law (28 CFR 600) grants legal authority to appoint a special counsel to investigate crimes. Only crimes. He has limited jurisdiction.

Yet, in his order appointing Mueller as special counsel (Order No. 3915-2017), Rosenstein directed him to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump.” It fails to identify any specific crimes, likely because none are applicable.

Either way, it is clear we as a nation are in a constitutional crisis.

 

 

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