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.
As underscored by this morning's ruling (along with the three other rulings rejecting similar claims), this attack has, correctly, failed. https://t.co/jcbN2Zwj3u
— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) August 13, 2018
Yet here you are airing your #dirtylaundry as a distraction from the court case that upheld a ruling for the #Mueller investigation. Yes you are “#notpresidential” but that has nothing to do with your @OMAROSA #celebrityfeud . pic.twitter.com/XockxS1rP0
— Patrick Schiller (@Cubscoutii) August 13, 2018
Federal District Judge Dabney Friedrich who was appointed by Twitler has upheld Robert Mueller’s appointment and constitutional authority in investigating the Russia probe. This is now the 4th Judge to make this ruling. 💙
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) August 13, 2018
Maybe the rule of law does matter.
— John Black (@justme1951) August 13, 2018
The ruling comes at a crucial time when the Trump administration and its allies are escalating the fight to close the investigation.