COLUMN: Does Robert Mueller, special counsel of the Russia probe, have his own connections to Russia?
COLUMN: Since FBI Director James Comey was fired by President Donald Trump on May 9, the Justice Department has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller (director between September 4, 2001, and September 4, 2013) as a special counsel to oversee the federal investigation into Russian interference in the US 2016 presidential election, and further secret Trump-Moscow ties.
Firstly, the FBI have investigated Trump’s alleged ties to Kremlin ties since “late July” and still haven’t succeeded in putting forward any evidence connecting the President to the foreign government. Former Director Comey even stated, in his five-hour long testimony on March 20, said there was no evidence that Russian hackers had changed any votes in the election.
However, is this special counsel nonpartisan enough to head this kind of investigation?
If something, the FBI shouldn’t forget to open an investigation into the Clinton’s Russia connections. To understand why this is, we just have to look at the 2009–2013 Russian Uranium Deal. In June 2009, Russia’s state-owned atomic agency, Rosatom, bought a 7 % stake in the uranium production Company Uranium One. Uranium One, at the time, accounted for 20 % of all uranium mined in the United States. A deal which had to be approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment In the United States (CFIUS), which included the then Secretary of State,Hillary Clinton. In January 2013, a subsidiary of Rosatom, ARMZ Uranium Holding Co., purchased 100 % of Uranium One for $1.3 billion.
However, the State Department’s representative of CFIUS at that time, Jose Hernandez, said: “Secretary Clinton never intervened with me on any CFIUS matter,” meaning there is no evidence there to connect her to that specifically. If it weren’t for the fact that, according to the New York Times, Uranium One’s chairman, Ian Telfer, made four donations to the Clinton Foundation totalling $2.35 million. And, of course, in one case on June 20, 2010, Bill Clinton personally was paid $500,000 to speak in Russia by an investment bank with ties to the Kremlin.
It’s about here, former FBI Director Mueller enters the story. Mueller, who was at the time head of the Bureau, was asked in an August 17, 2009, document to deliver the uranium samples to Moscow.
The document, published by WikiLeaks, states:
“Embassy Moscow is requested to alert at the highest appropriate level the Russian Federation that FBI Director Mueller plans to deliver the HEU sample once he arrives to Moscow on September 21.”
This does raise a lot of important questions; like are Robert Mueller really nonpartisan enough to lead a probe into possible connections between President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin?