Over the course of the past year and a half, we have seen President Trump and his associates attack Special Counsel Robert Mueller, saying that his appointment is “illegal.”
Just this morning, Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani tweeted just this in saying, “Also unlike the illegal Mueller appointment you will be able to cite, as law requires, alleged crimes.”
Giuliani’s opinion, like that of President Trump and those around him, is pretty much meaningless when it comes to legal grounds though. On Monday morning, United States District Judge Dabney L. Friedrich reaffirmed this in a ruling that ultimately defends Special Counsel Robert Mueller from these exact attacks.
Concord Management and Consulting LLC, a Russian company which has been accused of funding a propaganda operation to influence the 2016 election, tried to have their case dismissed based on the grounds that Robert Mueller had exceeded his power, lacked prosecutorial authority, and was unlawfully appointed.
The argument, which seems to represent a carbon copy of the argument put forth by Rudy Giuliani this morning in his tweet, failed miserably.
“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,” Friedrich, a Trump-appointed judge, wrote in an opinion which was published Monday morning.
Judge Friedrich’s ruling is the rule of law, unlike the opinion of Rudy Giuliani or anyone else within the White House.
Friedrich was nominated to serve as a District Judge in the District of Columbia by President Trump on May 8, 2017. Friedrich took the seat which was vacated by Reggie Walton. She was confirmed by a vote of 97-3 on November 27, 2017, and received her commission on December 1.