A former U.S. Justice Department attorney says the indictments handed down by special counsel Robert Mueller suggest it's time for President Donald Trump to fire him and end the ongoing investigation.
Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and a former business associate, Rick Gates, were indicted Oct. 30 on charges of conspiracy against the United States, money laundering and several other financial charges.
The indictment filed in federal court in Washington accused both men of funneling tens of millions of dollars in payments through foreign companies and bank accounts.
They have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
J. Christian Adams, a former Justice Department attorney, says Mueller (pictured below) deserves to be fired because the Manfort charges have nothing to do with investigating "collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russia.
"It means that Mueller apparently didn't find anything actually affiliated with the election," Adams says of the 12-count indictment. "The only thing that Mueller indicted anybody on was something that happened years ago, when Mueller was actually the head of the FBI."
In fact, as news of the indictments leaked over the weekend, left-wing news website BuzzFeed.com reported Oct. 29 that Manafort's financial dealings were first flagged by Treasury officials in 2012 and investigated by the FBI in 2014.
Manafort, meanwhile, was hired as Trump's campaign manager in 2016, and despite jubilant reporting from the left-wing media, some have pointed out the federal charges have no link to Trump himself and no links to "collusion" either.
Yet others have pointed out that it's routine for a prosecutor to corner a defendant on charges – Manafort faces years in prison and millions in fine - in order to go after a bigger target. And that target may well be Trump.
"First Russia-Trump charges are special counsel warning shot," reads the headline of a Trump-is-in-trouble story from the supposedly unbiased Associated Press.
But there isn't any more reason to continue with the special counsel, says Adams, and so it's time for Trump to end it.
"Mueller should be terminated. This should be done," Adams insists. "If this is the best that he can come up with, after all this time."
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