The divisive, unfruitful “Russia probe” by special counsel Robert Mueller is yielding no results and wasting the valuable money of hardworking American taxpayers. However, there are some viable voices challenging the legitimacy of the probe, even though it is headed to the US Court of Appeals.
The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) is a longstanding legal group from Washington that is backed by even longer-standing donors from the Republican Party. The issue in question is the Andrew Miller subpoena fight. Roger Stone is apparently an important witness to prosecution, and he is refusing to cooperate with the grand jury appearance. This refusal, experts say, has the ability to challenge the entire legitimacy of the Mueller probe.
Prosecutors are lobbying quite hard to hold Miller in contempt of court. Paul Kamenar, an NLPC hire who is challenging the Mueller team on constitutional grounds, says that the contempt order is necessary to get into a Court of Appeals. This is an issue that could go all the way to the Supreme Court, meaning that the probe itself could be stopped in its tracks until the subpoena issue is resolved.
The constitutional issue has to do with Mueller’s “rank” in government and his ability to prosecute the President of the United States. Kamenar has argued that as a principal officer of the United States, Mueller does not have the constitutional power to head a special counsel. Under the constitution, Kamenar argues, Mueller had to be appointed by the president. The Department of Justice is making the argument that Mueller is actually in an office inferior to this position. As such, he could have been appointed by a deputy attorney general. [Note: Mueller was actually appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.]
The NLPC is a non-profit that has been fighting leftist policy for decades. Its first victory was against the Clinton health care program in 1993. Other victories include levying ethics charges against Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY). The group is now setting its sights on Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), who definitely deserves some attention for the divisive rhetoric and backdoor policies she has been advocating in recent months.
Donors to the NLPC include right-wing donor Richard Uihlein and the Ed Uihlein Family Foundation. The Sarah Scalfe Foundation is another big donor to the organization. All of these donors are well respected in conservative circles as backing worthy causes.
Even in staunchly conservative circles, there are very few organizations with the ability and the willingness to take the Mueller witch hunt head on. The best case scenario, however, is still the investigation collapsing on itself.
~ Conservative Zone