President Donald Trump once again managed to get Liberal snowflake panties in a bunch before leaving on his trip to the Middle East this week.
It appears the Trump Administration is looking into an ethics clause in the law where it bars recently hired government employees from investigating their own law firm’s clients for two years after leaving the practice.
Robert Mueller, the newly appointed special prosecutor in the liberal media created myth that is the fake Trump/Russia Collusion scandal appears to have ties to the Trump family and might not be able to do his job. Mueller’s former law firm, WilmerHale, represents Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. Kushner has met with both a Russian bank executive and the president’s former campaign manager during the primaries, Paul Manafort, who is one of the main subjects of the federal investigation.
If the Trump Administration does decide to enact this clause the Liberal Main Stream Media will say it’s proof there was collusion between Candidate Trump and the Russians. That couldn’t be farthest from the truth. A special prosecutor can take years and it will cost the American Taxpayer billions upon billions of dollars. In a time when we are all trying to recover after the horrid 8 years of having to survive in Obama’s Economy do we really need more factors impeding our progress?
The Trump administration is exploring whether it can use an obscure ethics rule to undermine the special counsel investigation into ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russia, two people familiar with White House thinking said on Friday.
Trump has said that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s hiring of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead the investigation “hurts our country terribly.”
Within hours of Mueller’s appointment on Wednesday, the White House began reviewing the Code of Federal Regulations, which restricts newly hired government lawyers from investigating their prior law firm’s clients for one year after their hiring, the sources said.
An executive order signed by Trump in January extended that period to two years.
Mueller’s former law firm, WilmerHale, represents Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who met with a Russian bank executive in December, and the president’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who is a subject of a federal investigation.
Legal experts said the ethics rule can be waived by the Justice Department, which appointed Mueller. He did not represent Kushner or Manafort directly at his former law firm.
If the department did not grant a waiver, Mueller would be barred from investigating Kushner or Manafort, and this could greatly diminish the scope of the probe, experts said.
The Justice Department is already reviewing Mueller’s background as well as any potential conflicts of interest, said department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores.
Even if the Justice Department granted a waiver, the White House would consider using the ethics rule to create doubt about Mueller’s ability to do his job fairly, the sources said. Administration legal advisers have been asked to determine if there is a basis for this.
Under this strategy, the sources said the administration would raise the issue in press conferences and public statements.
Moreover, the White House has not ruled out the possibility of using the rule to challenge Mueller’s findings in court, should the investigation lead to prosecution.
FOCUS ON CASTING A CLOUD OVER MUELLER
But the administration is now mainly focused on placing a cloud over his reputation for independence, according to the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Kathleen Clark, a professor of legal ethics at Washington University School of Law, said the Justice Department can grant a waiver if concerns about bias are minimal.
She said subjects of the investigation could later argue that its results cannot be trusted, but she believes the argument would not stand up in court.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment on whether it is reviewing the ethics rule in order to undermine Mueller’s credibility.
Mueller’s former colleagues at WilmerHale, James Quarles and Aaron Zebley, are expected to join his investigation, according to a spokeswoman for the law firm. Neither Quarles nor Zebley represented Kushner or Manafort.
Mueller will now lead the ongoing Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into Trump’s associates and senior Russian officials.
Unlike Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel appointed by a three-judge panel to investigate Bill and Hillary Clinton’s real estate holdings in the 1990s, Mueller depends on the Justice Department for funding and he reports to Rosenstein, who was appointed by Trump.
When he announced Mueller’s appointment this week, Rosenstein said Mueller will have “all appropriate resources to conduct a thorough and complete investigation.”
The left can’t fathom the idea that their candidate, Crooked Hillary Clinton, got shellacked by an outsider like Donald Trump. They will never give up the fight. Since they can’t beat Republicans in the arena of ideas that’s what they do to win. That’s how they rally their troops.
What I would like to know is why we have a special prosecutor for this fake narrative but we never had one when President Barack Hussein Obama decided to leave our ambassador and 3 Navy Seals to die in Benghazi? Nor when he was found to be using the IRS as a weapon to take out his political enemies? Oh yeah, that’s right, the American Lame Stream Media was too busy carrying his water to actually do its job and sound the alarm that Obama was worse than Nixon ever dreamed of being.