|Robert Mueller, Deep State enforcer|
By Robert Wenzel
I am absolutely stunned by the latest action taken by special prosecutor Robert Mueller.
The New York Times just reported:
Five years ago, Paul Manafort arranged for a prominent New York-based law firm to draft a report that was used by allies of his client, Viktor Yanukovych, the Russia-aligned president of Ukraine, to justify the jailing of a political rival. And now the report is coming back to haunt it.I have always held the belief that if there was a technical legal question on a given action, the best thing to do is stick a quality lawyer in the middle of it. He will keep you out of trouble and there is an unwritten code not to go after lawyers.
The Justice Department, according to two people with direct knowledge of the situation, recently asked the firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, for information and documents related to its work on behalf of Mr. Yanukovych’s government, which crumbled after he fled to Russia under pressure.
The request comes at a time when Mr. Manafort, his work for Mr. Yanukovych’s party and for Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs as well as the handling of payments for that work have become focal points in the investigation of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and connections between Russia, Mr. Trump and his associates.
It’s unclear if the Justice Department’s request to Skadden, as the firm is known, is part of Mr. Mueller’s inquiry. But the interest from prosecutors in what Skadden did for the Ukrainian government is one indication of the wide-ranging nature of the inquiries related to Mr. Manafort. It also highlights the risks associated with advising authoritarian governments overseas, a lucrative sideline among Washington lawyers, lobbyists and public relations consultants.
Mueller, based on the NYT report, is apparently breaking that code--big time.
Skadden has 22 offices, more than 1,700 attorneys and 50-plus practice areas. It is the definition of the big leagues. If Manafort was using them, he was trying to stay on the right side of the law. What the hell kind of work product does Mueller want from Skadden?
This is over the top aggressive on Mueller's part and it should be noted that this was for work done five years ago---long before Donald Trump announced he was going to run for president.
This signals to me that the Deep State is out to crush anyone who has ever thought of crossing the Deep State.
Judge Napolitano has warned that Mueller is tightening the legal noose around Trump and that was before this NYT story dropped.
It now appears clear that Mueller is a Deep State enforcer and is not afraid to go nuclear. Trump needs to get rid of him. Kin Jun-un might not press the button, but Mueller will if necessary.
It is politically dangerous to ditch Mueller, but Trump won't survive the kind of investigation Mueller is running. A grandmother who sits on a rocking chair on her porch all day wouldn't be able to survive.
Trump needs to move Jeff Sessions to an ambassadorship somewhere and put a real tough guy in at Attorney General that will get the job done.
I am no fan of Donald Trump but a Mueller victory here will signal to anyone contemplating a challenge the Deep State not to try, ever. It will put a chill on America that it may never come out of.
Robert Wenzel is Editor & Publisher of EconomicPolicyJournal.com and Target Liberty. He also writes EPJ Daily Alert and is author of The Fed Flunks: My Speech at the New York Federal Reserve Bank. Follow him on twitter:@wenzeleconomics and on LinkedIn. His youtube series is here: Sunday Morning with Robert Wenzel.