Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano on Monday dismissed a federal judge’s criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
During a Monday Fox News segment, Napolitano reacted to the news that Reagan-appointed District Judge T.S. Ellis accused Mueller of prosecuting former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in an effort to oust President Donald Trump.
According to Napolitano, Ellis’ rant means “nothing” because “it’s just [a] personal opinion.”
“There’s no evidence in the courtroom in front of him to justify that kind of an opinion,” the legal analyst observed. “It drew enormous headlines over the weekend because it’s a political narrative with which Trump and reporters agree.”
“It is probably correct but it is irrelevant to the ruling on the matter,” he added. “The matter was Manafort moves to dismiss the indictment against him on the theory that Mueller doesn’t have the jurisdiction to prosecute me for bank fraud. The judge says, where does the jurisdiction come from? It comes from a letter authorizing it from the appointing authority, [Deputy Attorney General] Rod Rosenstein.”
Napolitano pointed out that even if Ellis rules in favor of Manafort, the case will simply continue under another prosecutor.
“Legally, it’s of no significance,” Napolitano said of Ellis’ remarks. “And Judge Ellis… knows that.”
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