Here is the ORDER written by Rosenstein for the special counsel:
The Special Counsel is authorized to conduct the investigation confirmed by then-FBI
Director James B. Comey in testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on
Intelligence on March 20, 2017, including:
(i) any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals
associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump; and
(ii) any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation; and
(iii) any other matters within the scope of 28 C.F.R. § 600.4(a).
(a)Original jurisdiction. The jurisdiction of a Special Counsel shall be established by the Attorney General. The Special Counsel will be provided with a specific factual statement of the matter to be investigated. The jurisdiction of a Special Counsel shall also include the authority to investigate and prosecute federal crimes committed in the course of, and with intent to interfere with, the Special Counsel’s investigation, such as perjury, obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence, and intimidation of witnesses; and to conduct appeals arising out of the matter being investigated and/or prosecuted.
(b)Additional jurisdiction. If in the course of his or her investigation the Special Counsel concludes that additional jurisdiction beyond that specified in his or her original jurisdiction is necessary in order to fully investigate and resolve the matters assigned, or to investigate new matters that come to light in the course of his or her investigation, he or she shall consult with the Attorney General, who will determine whether to include the additional matters within the Special Counsel’s jurisdiction or assign them elsewhere.
(c)Civil and administrative jurisdiction. If in the course of his or her investigation the Special Counsel determines that administrative remedies, civil sanctions or other governmental action outside the criminal justice system might be appropriate, he or she shall consult with the Attorney General with respect to the appropriate component to take any necessary action. A Special Counsel shall not have civil or administrative authority unless specifically granted such jurisdiction by the Attorney General.
Paul Manafort is a seasoned Washington operator who has for years known how to get around in the shark infested waters of DC politics. He was drafted in as Mr Trump’s campaign manager in late June 20, 2016 according to Time Magazine to replace Corey Lewandowski. He resigned on August 19 after a slew of damaging accusations about his ties to Russia, and a high-profile reshuffle of Mr Trump’s team. One day before the raid, Manafort cooperated by testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Manafort has had a long and highly checkered past being involved as a consultant for more than a few “rogue characters” including Ukraine connections. Since he was barely on staff two months, he could not have drastically involved Trump in a Russian connection. So is this about the campaign or about Manafort? If it is about Manafort it “might” fit into (b) but wouldn’t Rosenstein have to had to approve this line of approach?
The Associated Press reported via the LA Times on June 2, 2017:
The special counsel investigating possible ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russia’s government has taken over a separate criminal probe involving former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and may expand his inquiry to investigate the roles of Atty Gen. Jeff Sessions and Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein in the firing of FBI Director James B. Comey, the Associated Press has learned.
The Justice Department’s criminal investigation into Manafort, who was forced to resign as Trump campaign chairman in August amid questions over his business dealings years ago in Ukraine, predated the 2016 election and the counterintelligence probe that in July began investigating possible collusion between Moscow and associates of Trump.
The move to consolidate the matters, involving allegations of kleptocracy of Ukrainian government funds, indicates that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is assuming a broad mandate in his new role running the investigation. The expansiveness of Mueller’s investigation was described to the Associated Press. No one familiar with the matter has been willing to discuss the scope of his investigation on the record because it is just getting underway and because revealing details could complicate its progress.
In an interview separately Friday with the Associated Press, Rosenstein acknowledged that Mueller could expand his inquiry to include Sessions’ and Rosenstein’s roles in the decision to fire Comey, who was investigating the Trump campaign. Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller as special counsel to take over the investigation, wrote the memorandum used to justify Trump’s decision to fire Comey. Sessions met with Trump and Rosenstein to discuss Trump’s decision to fire him despite Sessions’ pledge not to become involved in the Russia case.
Is the Associated Press close to correct on Rosenstein’s actions?
In this case, hasn’t Mueller eliminated his bosses and competition in a full-scale assault on several of the top Trump administration? How the heck has Sessions pledge got anything to do with a Manafort/Russia case? In fact, wouldn’t that now make Sessions his boss rather than Rosenstein since that according to AP is about things far removed from Trump campaign?
The firing of Comey was about a lot of things and none of them had a thing to do with the campaign and Russia’s role in the campaign. In fact, even the Democrats were calling for Comey’s head on a platter and to be fired in November 2016.
What am I missing here? Or is this as some of the more controversial sites have said “an escalation of a coup to remove not only Trump but his entire administration from office?”
Looks to me like the Democrats are placing all the eggs in their basket to erase Trump and his administration through Mueller’s power grab frankly.
AND Where was this “special counsel” ranting idiocy when Lynch, Clinton, Abedin, Comey, and others should have been raided and investigated and a grand jury set up?
The swamp rot is sure stinking.