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Special Counsel Robert Mueller had a really bad day Friday when a federal judge in Virginia sharply challenged his case against Paul Manafort, suggesting that Mueller overstepped his authority in a quest to topple President Donald Trump from office.

Judge T. S. Ellis III said prosecutors had pursued fraud charges against Manafort in hopes of gaining evidence to incriminate the president, according to The New York Times.

“You don’t really care about Mr. Manafort’s bank fraud,” said Ellis, who reportedly lost his temper at times. “You really care about getting information that Mr. Manafort can give you that would reflect on Trump and lead to his prosecution or impeachment or whatever.”

Ellis said the charges against Manafort “manifestly don’t have anything to do with the campaign or with Russian collusion,” and that Mueller may be overstepping his authority to “tighten the screws” on Manafort so he’ll give up the goods on Trump, The Times reported.

“I don’t see what relation this indictment has with anything the special counsel is authorized to investigate,” he said, according to the transcripts. “What we don’t want in this country is we don’t want anyone with unfettered power.”

If that doesn’t convince you how bad a day it was for Mueller, then take the word of Fox News senior news correspondent Brit Hume, a widely respected journalist, who took to social media to offer his analysis after reading the transcript from Friday’s hearing.

“I did not realize until I read the full transcript of Friday’s court hearing how badly it went for the Mueller team, which was reduced to arguing: yeah, we violated the regulations governing special counsels but those regs are not enforceable in court,” Hume tweeted, linking to those transcripts.

Hume also expressed gratitude to Judge Ellis for “bringing such a violation to light.”

“Mueller’s team may be right that the court can’t toss the Manafort indictment based on violation of the special counsel regulations,” he said in a follow-up tweet, “but we are in debt to the judge for bringing such a violation to light.”

President Trump commented on the judge’s comments Friday during a speech at the National Rifle Association annual meeting, suggesting it confirms that Mueller is out of control.

“I’ve been saying that for a long time,” Trump said. “It’s a witch hunt.”

Hume linked to the Techno Fog Twitter feed in another tweet for the crib notes of the 48 pages of transcript.

“Great thread if you’re interested in the Federal Court hearing 5/4 where the judge challenged the special counsel’s authority to conduct the investigation that led the a Paul Manafort indictment. Interesting read,” he tweeted.

Techno Fog shared a blow-by-blow of the beating Team Mueller took Friday, as seen here:

  • Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve says:

    There is no statute of limitations for Mueller’s fraud in falsely convicting the two for murder who died in prison, where Mueller, knowing that these two men were innocent, nevertheless kept them in prison by sending letters to the Parole Board. NOW MUELLER NEEDS TO SERVE THOSE THE LIFE SENTENCES OF THOSE TWO MEN WHO WERE INNOCENT OF THAT MURDER. MUELLER’S FBI TERM AND HIS TERM AS ACTING U.S. ATTORNEY IN BOSTON ARE FILLED WITH FELONY PERJURY AND FRAUD AND CO-OPERATION WITH REAL THUGS, CHECK OUT HOW MANY LIVES WERE RUINED BY MUELLER.
    This Phony investigation is based upon fraud by the co-called “leaders” of the FBi & DOJ, including Roddie Rosenstain, James, “slightly nauseated” Comey, Andy “How much money did we get from Hillary, honey” McCabe Loretta “let’s call it a matter” Lynch, and other pretenders at the bar of justice. I really hope that Rosenstain will get prosecuted for his felony perjury and obstruction of Congress for the sole reason to cover up his own crimes.

  • John Campbell says:

    Smack down in the making. It’s about time!

  • Just by what this judge said and uncovered Sessions should stop this false investigation immediately, but Sessions the spineless bastard that he is won’t do a thing.

  • Colleen Marie says:

    What do you suppose they’ve got on Sessions that he is doing nothing to stop this travesty? Or is Sessions a RINO in collusion with those working to bring down a constitutionally elected president? Something stinks here……..big-time.

    • patricia Colquitt says:

      Oh yes, my sentiments exactly. Sessions is staying invisible because they have plenty on him. He’s been around a long time.

  • Becky Aheren says:

    It seems, that they have something on Sessions, or why won’t he reign in the out of control Rosenstein, and Mueller, and their band of merry men that hate Trump.

  • CF