(National Sentinel) Dirty Deal: There is so much about the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller that is just plain wrong, but one of the biggest reasons why seldom gets mentioned.
Unless you’re POTUS Donald Trump and you’re doing your best — daily — to remind Americans what a travesty Mueller’s appointment really was.
First of all, you may recall that fired FBI Director James Comey, a long-time friend and associate of Mueller, wrangled his appointment by leaking memos to the press that were very likely classified.
In fact, the Justice Department inspector general, Michael Horowitz, is now looking into that release.
Furthermore, Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who signed the third of three FISA court applications to allow the FBI to continue spying on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page — an authorization based on a made-up opposition research “dossier” paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign.
On Sunday, POTUS Trump reminded Americans in a tweet of additional “conflicts” of interest Mueller brings to the table, including the fact that the president turned down Mueller as Comey’s replacement.
The day before Mueller was appointed.
“Is Robert Mueller ever going to release his conflicts of interest with respect to President Trump, including the fact that we had a very nasty & contentious business relationship, I turned him down to head the FBI (one day before appointment as S.C.) & Comey is his close friend..”
Is Robert Mueller ever going to release his conflicts of interest with respect to President Trump, including the fact that we had a very nasty & contentious business relationship, I turned him down to head the FBI (one day before appointment as S.C.) & Comey is his close friend..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018
The Hill elaborated:
The president seemingly confirmed a New York Times report from January that said Trump attempted to fire Mueller in June 2017 over alleged conflicts of interest.
The Times reported that Trump listed three conflicts he believed should disqualify Mueller: A dispute over fees at Trump’s National Golf Club in Virginia, his interview for FBI director before being named special counsel, and Mueller’s previous employment at a law firm that represents Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
White House counsel Don McGahn reportedly said he would quit rather than fire Mueller, but who can seriously blame POTUS if he had done so?
Apparently, legal obstacles like a conflict of interest only apply outside the Washington, D.C. Beltway.