Appointed Judge Becomes Fourth to Uphold Mueller's Authority to Prosecute Russia Investigation

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with supporters and members of Bikers for Trump Saturday Aug. 11 2018 in the ballroom of Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster N.J

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows nearly half of all Americans believe U.S. President Donald Trump is guilty of wrongdoing in connection with Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

A federal judge upheld the constitutionality of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's appointment on Monday, finding Acting Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein lawfully named Mueller in May 2017 in a challenge to an indictment brought by a Russian firm accused of funding an Internet trolling operation targeting USA voters.

Some advocates have said they are seeking to get an appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Judge Dabney Friedrich, who serves at the trial-court level in DC federal court, said Concord Management and Consulting could not have its case tossed on constitutional grounds.

Rosenstein is overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused past year.

Concord Management's main argument against Mueller's appointment centered on the Appointments Clause of the Constitution, claiming that Mueller was not nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate, nor was he appointed via Congressional approval.

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The company is accused to financing the Internet Research Agency, a Moscow-based social media troll farm, to sow discord in the US political system from 2014 through 2017.

Friedrich ruled in a 41-page opinion that the special counsel is an inferior officer subject to the direction and supervision of the acting attorney general, who may rescind or revise the rules governing his work and who "moreover. has the power to remove the Special Counsel at will".

Of those questioned, 70% believe the president should testify before Mueller, while the former FBI director has enjoyed a sizable bump in the polls, with 47% now saying they approve of his handling of the Russian Federation investigation, up from 41% in June.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after briefing members of the U.S. Senate on his investigation into potential collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., June 21, 2017. Roger Stone aide Andrew Miller tried it, only to be shot down earlier this month. "Nor has the Special Counsel exceeded his authority under the appointment order by investigating and prosecuting Concord", she said, referring to the Russian company that sought for the charges to be dismissed on the basis that Mueller lacked the authority.

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