Soon after President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, the Justice Department chose Robert Mueller as the special counsel to continue with the Bureau’s investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the presidential election. Speaking about the decision, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich praised this announcement and called Mueller a “superb choice,” given his experience as a former Director of the FBI.
However, everything changed after Comey’s testimony. Gingrich decided to call on Congress to abolish Mueller’s investigation since many elements compromised his impartiality. According to Gingrich, it is now clear that the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence will interfere with Mueller’s ability to conduct a neutral investigation.
As a matter of fact, Gingrich explained to radio host John Catsimatidis that everyone knows how much Mueller hates President Donald Trump. Furthermore, he said that Comey is extraordinarily hostile to the chief of state, and accused him of manipulating the Russia probe to effectuate the appointment of a special counsel.
Given this perspective on Mueller, Gingrich stated that Congress must intervene and stop the independent counsel. He pointed to Comey’s statement that it’s “the poison fruit.” There was deliberate manipulation by the FBI Director, who leaked delicate information to the media just to set up this scandal.
The former speaker of the House also expressed his grave concern about this issue on his Twitter account. He tweeted that the GOP must be “delusional” if they think that Mueller is going to be fair during his investigation. he reiterated that Republicans have to rethink this matter.
The former FBI Director acknowledged during his Thursday testimony that he leaked a memo to The New York Times that detailed his meeting with President Trump. In it, he said that Trump allegedly asked him to stop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Comey explained he leaked the memo because he wanted the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to investigate the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election independently. In fact, just a day after The New York Times published an article detailing his memos, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as the special counsel.
Of course, some Republicans don’t feel the same about Mueller’s selection for this delicate position since they believe that the only important issue is to know the whole truth.
One of these Republicans is Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who told “Fox & Friends” on Monday that the special counsel only wants to get to the bottom of this investigation, and that Gingrich is making a huge mistake with his assertions. Nevertheless, Mueller is said to be building his team with some of the best legal minds. However, that is not what is raising red flags for conservatives.
The reason why his team is so concerning is that at least four of its members are known for donating to Democratic presidential campaigns and organizations.
One of the most interesting cases is Jeannie Rhee, who works as a partner in the investigations practice at WilmerHale and previously served as a deputy assistant attorney general. Rhee donated to the campaign PACs of Obama in 2009 and 2011 and Clinton’s campaign in 2015 and 2016. Additionally, Rhee has donated to the Democratic National Committee.
Another case is Justice Department Deputy Solicitor General Michael Dreeben, who donated to a political action committee for then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008. Also, he donated to Hillary Clinton back in 2006.
Andrew Weissman is also a cause for concern. He oversees fraud cases at the Justice Department and donated six times to Barack Obamas presidential campaign and the DNC in 2006.
Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair. Look who he is hiring.check fec reports. Time to rethink.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) June 12, 2017
Finally, the last member who has a really concerning background is James Quarles. He works as an attorney at WilmerHale also and worked as an assistant special prosecutor on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force.
Just like the previous cases, Quarles is known for having a long record of donating to Democratic groups. He started in 1987 for the PAC Dukakis for President. In 2016 he donated to Clinton’s PAC, Hillary for America.
Gingrich reasserted that these hires indicate the team “is setting up to go after Trump,” and labeled the investigation a “witch-hunt.”
Although the outcome of this investigation is yet to be seen, it is now obvious that Robert Mueller is not the proper person to conduct this delicate operation.