9 Reasons to Suspend the Mueller Project (and it Does NOT Involve Strzok’s Texts)
DOJ Special Counsel Robert Mueller may have been an honorable man in the past if one ignores the many times he accommodated the political and policy agendas of the Obama Administration while serving as FBI Director; a position supposedly independent from the White House. However, power can get into the head of “the best man for the job” if the job entails an unchecked mandate to go after anyone for everything including the president of the United States backed up by a media that shields you from criticism as if you are the head of the KGB. The nature of the job can corrupt the judgement of the most qualified people overseeing it as stressed below:
- Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave Robert Mueller a mandate to investigate “any links” between the Russian government and the Trump campaign rather than a mandate to investigate only criminal coordination between the two camps. The mandate as given is un-American because the government should not investigate “links” with foreigners; we are not in Soviet Russia. Besides, subjecting “links” to a hunt by a prosecutor will hinder future political campaigns from doing regular activity such as arranging for the candidate to visit other countries.
- Rosenstein also authorized Mueller to investigate “any matter that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.” This means that Mueller can turn anyone’s life upside down until he finds a crime including crimes not related to TrumpRussia. This too is un-American and abusive. In fact, Mueller charged Paul Manafort with crimes not related to the collusion accusation. These alleged crimes were uncovered because Mueller went after a man until he found a crime rather than going after a crime until he found the man.
- In his hunt for Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates, Mueller used fifteen search warrants; seized three dozen electronic devices and drives which generated 115,000 documents and 400,000 pages of content. This is an abusively wide search and likely violates the 4’th amendment of being protected against unreasonable searches and seizures. It does not become “reasonable” just because Rosenstein gave Mueller the go ahead to do whatever he wants or because a judge rubber stamped it.
- In late July, federal agents raided Manafort’s home in the early morning; they reportedly picked the lock; stormed his house with weapons drawn and patted down for weapons the halfway sleeping Manaforts. Paul Manafort does not have a violent criminal history to excuse such a raid. If Mueller thought that Manafort may delete evidence and therefore needed to execute a search warrant, the raid would have happened 15 minutes after Mueller obtained the warrant. Waiting till the morning (and God knows how many days between the warrant and the raid) shows that Mueller did not really think Manafort is spending his evenings at the shred machine. The early morning raid was obviously a ploy by Mueller to rattle Manafort. If Mueller is as pure as his defenders suggest he is, he would not collect 400K pages of content; he would not give a judge a phony excuse — fear that Manafort is deleting content — to get a warrant only to be used as an intimidating tactic.
- Mueller’s top deputy is Andrew Weissmann. He was on the DOJ’s Enron Task Force from its inception in 2002 and was later its leader for 17 months. Among the beauties of the Task Force, the government enlisted false testimony from one person; another witness testified that prosecutors threatened her; a third witness “testified that he was threatened shortly before his testimony by prosecutors with a possible indictment if he proceeded to testify on behalf of the defendants” reported Business Insider, and the Task Force withheld from Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling evidence that could have helped him at trial. The Supreme Court unanimously overturned the conviction against Enron’s accounting firm Anderson in 2005; and the 5th Circuit overturned the convictions against Merrill Lynch executives in the Enron case in 2006 because Weissmann’s case was thin from the start yet he demanded the defendants serve prison sentences pending appeal. Indeed, the Merryll executives served almost a year in prison each until the court freed them. The case of Jeffrey Skilling, Enron’s CEO, also made it to the Supreme Court where its ruling led to a new sentencing agreement between him and the DOJ; shaving Skilling’s sentence from 24 years down to 14 years. Weissmann left the Task Force in July 2005 weeks after the humiliating SCOTUS ruling on Anderson to work for then-FBI Director Robert Mueller who helped oversee the Enron case from his perch as director. Elevating Weissman after his abusive amd failed Enron experiment and choosing him to lead his current project, shows that Mueller is hardly as law-driven as his defenders suggest, and it explains the shocking abuses coming out from the Mueller project.
- Many staffers on Mueller’s team were senior DOJ and FBI officials in 2016 and thus may have an interest to find collusion or just prosecutions simply to justify their own action and the action of their friends at DOJ/FBI against Team Trump in 2016. Such a conflict obstructs the objectivity of these staffers who as a result may engage in abusive and civil liberties-crushing actions against their targets. Indeed, look what was done to Manafort and what was done to 3-star General Michael Flynn. Word has it that the latter could not take the emotional abuse against him and against his son so he pleaded guilty to get his life back. Pleading guilty on his Turkey dealings would undercut the basis for Mueller’s project which suffered after indictments on Manafort and Gates were non-Russia related. Mueller needed (and still needs) Russia-related indictments and pleas to bolster the legitimacy of his probe and he got one from Flynn on a thing which Comey told Congress was not an intentional lie. One of those hires was Peter Strzok. People praise Mueller for firing him in the summer. The question is why Mueller brought on board someone with a self-interest bias in this case.
- General Flynn’s plea deal was unveiled in court less than 24 hours before The New York Times and Washington Post wrote their stories on why Peter Strzok was removed from Mueller’s team months earlier. It was also revealed within days that Strzok is the one who conducted the interview with Flynn which led to his plea deal. Had information on Strzok been out a week earlier, General Flynn may have not given Mueller his desperately-needed Russia-related plea. This means, either Mueller rushed the plea deal to get ahead of the Stzrok stories that he knew was coming, or media outlets in coordination with Mueller’s team sat on the stories until Mueller got the plea secured. Whether Mueller rushed the plea to avoid the Strzok stories knowing it can stop the plea or whether Mueller coordinates his legal action with the Fourth Estate, it shows that justice is not atop his list at this point.
- Note that as of now, none of the “matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation” snagged anyone whose demise may harm the legacy of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton or the Democrats. For example, no one from The Podesta Group — a company reportedly used by Manafort in his alleged illegal acts — was charged with any crimes. Mueller has not busted the Obama-era officials who illegally leaked classified information to the Washington Post regarding Michael Flynn (maybe some of them serve on his team!), nor has Mueller put his hands on DNC servers to see if indeed Russia hacked it. If Manafort’s old business dealings in Ukraine are fair game then so should be The Podesta Group which allegedly was part it; the illegal leaks and DNC servers which are all more directly related to this Russia project.
- Mueller defenders argue that Rod Rosenstein is the one to hold check on Mueller’s work so Mueller is not free to do what he wants, and Rosenstein has a good record in the Justice Department so he can be trusted to do the right thing. Well if Rosenstein can be trusted, he should be the one investigation TrumpRussia; why the need for Mueller? Besides, the nature of the work can obscure the judgement of the best man for the job; this time Rosenstein who authored the memo to fire James Comey which means if Rosenstein were to fire Mueller the accusation will be that he, Rosenstein, is trying to protect himself from the Obstruction part of the investigation. As a result he can׳t fire Mueller which means Mueller can run amok; well beyond the accepted “independence” that Mueller deserves. Furthermore, by shutting Mueller down due to all of the above or other wrongdoings, Rosenstein will in essence admit that his choice to appoint Mueller for the job and to give him such a broad mandate were wrong. Rosenstein has therefore every incentive to let the project continue and continue with Mueller at the helm who — as I explained above — is desperate to find crimes simply to justify his project. Basically at this point there is zero oversight on Mueller and there is every incentive for him, his boss Rosenstein and his team of DOJ/DBI hands who spied on Trump to steamroll everything and everyone regardless the cost or legal merit because they need to justify their decisions until now. Such a scenario — created by flawed Rosenstein and Mueller decisions — is what we should expect from the KGB; not the U.S. Department of Justice. In fact, KGB leaders feared the politburo and the politburo feared the KGB; everyone was accountable to someone. Everyone except for Mueller.
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