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Judge Dabney Friedrich Upholds Robert Mueller’s Authority: ‘The Appointment Does Not Violate Core Separation-of-Powers Principles’

And Trump won't be happy.
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WASHINGTON - MARCH 09: F.B.I. Director Robert Mueller speaks at a news conference at the bureau's headquaters March 9, 2007 in Washington, DC. Mueller was responding to a report by the Justice Department inspector general that concluded the FBI had committed 22 violations in its collection of information through the use of national security letters. The letters, which the audit numbered at 47,000 in 2005, allow the agency to collect information like telephone, banking and e-mail records without a judicially approved subpoena. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Another attempt to dismantle Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible conspiracy between the Russian government and the campaign of President Donald Trump has been thwarted–this time by a Trump-appointed judge. Federal District Judge Dabney Friedrich ruled against Concord Management and Consulting, a Russian company under scrutiny for alleged efforts to sway American votes through deceptive social media platforms.

Concord Management and Consulting attempted to argue that the Special Counsel’s case did not have standing in court because Robert Mueller was not appointed by the president or confirmed by a legislative body.

Friedrich wrote in his decision:

The appointment does not violate core separation-of-powers principles. Nor has the Special Counsel exceeded his authority under the appointment order by investigating and prosecuting Concord.

Judge Friedrich’s ruling cited three judges close to other cases related to the Special Counsel: Judge Amy Berman Jackson (presiding over Paul Manafort’s foreign lobbying case in D.C.), T.S. Ellis (presiding over Manafort’s tax fraud case in Virginia) and DC District Court Chief Judge Beryl Howell, who squashed an attempt by a former aide of Roger Stone to refuse a subpoena.

The ruling bolsters the legitimacy of the Special Counsel’s investigation in the face of numerous attempts to discredit it.

Many Americans on Twitter are rejoicing.

The ruling comes at a crucial time when the Trump administration and its allies are escalating the fight to close the investigation.

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