Court affirms Robert Mueller’s appointment was constitutional

Make sure to let us know what you think... we now have comments turned ON below the article!

After nearly two years of investigation, the constitutionality of Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel has finally been affirmed by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

A lawsuit was filed in 2017 that argued that Mueller’s appointment was unconstitutional, but the appeals court just affirmed that the appointment was within the framework of constitutional and statutory authorities, in part due to precedent.

Constitutionality questioned

Mueller was first appointed to his role as special counsel by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who was serving as acting attorney general in that circumstance after then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recused himself from all matters related to Russia’s involvement with the 2016 Trump campaign.

The suit questioning the legality of Mueller’s appointment was filed by Andrew Miller, who was an aide to longtime Trump adviser and friend Roger Stone. Miller had been subpoenaed by Mueller to provide testimony as part of the Russia-collusion investigation.

However, Miller ignored the subpoena to appear before a grand jury and instead questioned whether Mueller had been properly appointed to his position in the first place, a circumstance that would render all actions stemming from that appointment null and void.

Judges issue ruling

But a district court disagreed with Miller’s argument and held him in contempt of court for his refusal to answer the subpoena and testify before the grand jury. That district court ruling was then appealed to the D.C. Circuit, where it was heard by a three-judge panel.

That panel — which included Judges Karen LeCraft Henderson, Judith Rogers, and Sri Srinivasan — recently issued a 16-page opinion that confirmed that Mueller’s appointment was indeed legal and affirmed the lower court’s decision to hold Miller in contempt.

The judges looked closely at a number of relevant statutes and prior precedent-setting cases that dealt with the constitutionality of independent and special counsels and their responsibilities in making their decision.

Facing the consequences

Ultimately, the judges ruled that special counsels, including Mueller’s, are legal as “inferior officers” of the Department of Justice. Indeed, they ruled, Rosenstein had all authority to appoint Mueller in 2017.

“Because the Special Counsel is an inferior officer, and the Deputy Attorney General became the head of the Department by virtue of becoming the Acting Attorney General as a result of a vacancy created by the disability of the Attorney General through recusal on the matter, we hold that Miller’s challenge to the appointment of the Special Counsel fails,” the judges ruled.

“Accordingly, we affirm the order finding Miller in civil contempt,” the opinion concluded.

This was a tough ruling for any who still questioned the basic legality of Mueller’s appointment as a special counsel, as it solidified that appointment on constitutional grounds. But just because he’s on the hunt doesn’t mean he’ll find any meat.

80 Responses

  1. I blog frequently and I really thank you for your content. This article has truly peaked my interest. I’m going to take a note of your website and keep checking for new details about once per week. I subscribed to your RSS feed as well.

  2. Aw, this was a really nice post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to generate a great article… but what can I say… I put things off a whole lot and never seem to get anything done.

  3. Hi, I do think this is a great blog. I stumbledupon it 😉 I’m going to come back once again since i have book marked it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue to help others.

  4. Good day! I could have sworn I’ve visited this blog before but after looking at a few of the articles I realized it’s new to me. Anyhow, I’m certainly happy I discovered it and I’ll be book-marking it and checking back regularly!

  5. Neat blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere? A design like yours with a few simple tweeks would really make my blog stand out. Please let me know where you got your theme. Thanks|

  6. Welcome to iBeautys Best, iBeautys Best is the number one destination for Latest Beauty Products. Here you can easily buy your desired product from all over the world with very reasonable price.

  7. Natural Releaf CBD | New York CBD Store with locations in Murray Hill, NY | Upper East Side, NY | White Plains, NY Serving New York City, NY and Westchester, NY High Quality CBD Products With Lab Test

  8. What i do not understood is actually how you’re no longer actually much more well-favored than you might be now. You’re very intelligent. You recognize therefore considerably with regards to this matter, produced me individually believe it from numerous various angles. Its like men and women are not fascinated until its something to do with Girl gaga! Your own stuffs outstanding. Always take care of it up!

  9. Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I’ve really enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. After all I’ll be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again very soon!

  10. Hello! Do you know if they make any plugins to help with SEO? I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good gains. If you know of any please share. Thanks!

  11. Thank you for the good writeup. It in fact was a amusement account it. Look advanced to more added agreeable from you! By the way, how can we communicate?

  12. Once I initially commented I clicked the -Notify me when new feedback are added- checkbox and now each time a remark is added I get four emails with the identical comment. Is there any means you possibly can remove me from that service? Thanks!

  13. Superb website you have here but I was wanting to know if you knew of any community forums that cover the same topics discussed in this article? I’d really like to be a part of group where I can get opinions from other experienced individuals that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Appreciate it!

  14. Hi there! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are you using for this site? I’m getting fed up of WordPress because I’ve had problems with hackers and I’m looking at options for another platform. I would be great if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

  15. You are so cool! I do not think I’ve read something like that before. So wonderful to find another person with some genuine thoughts on this issue. Seriously.. many thanks for starting this up. This site is one thing that is required on the internet, someone with some originality!

  16. You are so awesome! I don’t believe I have read a single thing like that before. So wonderful to find somebody with original thoughts on this topic. Really.. many thanks for starting this up. This web site is one thing that is required on the web, someone with some originality!

  17. An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a co-worker who was doing a little homework on this. And he in fact bought me breakfast simply because I discovered it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending the time to discuss this issue here on your web page.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.