After The Hill revealed how the FBI operated during the controversial uranium deal that involved Hillary Clinton, things got really complicated for Special Counsel Robert Mueller. After all, if his image and the neutrality of his Russian probe were already compromised, these revelations made everything worse. Given this situation, The Wall Street Journal‘s editorial board called Thursday for him to step down from his role in investigating the alleged Russian interference in the presidential election.
The newspaper explained that Mueller lacks the “critical distance” to analyze these recent revelations about the FBI’s role in the saga. The Journal’s editorial board wrote that it’s not an offense to his integrity to say that he just can’t conduct a credible investigation of the bureau he ran for years. Additionally, the editorial board pointed out that he would best serve the country by resigning to prevent a political mayhem over that concerning conflict of interest.
This controversial piece was written in response to recent reports that suggest the Bureau uncovered evidence of the Russian bribery and money laundering in the United States. Apparently, these crimes were made ahead of a 2010 decision by the Obama administration to accept the partial sale of the firm Uranium One to Russian energy giant Rosatom. Reports revealed this deal transferred control of 20 percent of America’s uranium stocks to Russia.
Initially, this scandal was revealed in the book Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich. However, the controversy re-emerged last week after The Hill reported how the Bureau decided to uncover substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in several crimes.
Apparently, these were made in order to expand Russia´s nuclear footprint in America as early as 2009. However, the Justice Department decided not to inform Congress and the public and did not act on the information until five years later, after the sale was done.
Believe it or not, the Bureau also reportedly found evidence that Russian officials routed millions of dollars to America to be funneled into the Clinton Foundation. This was made at a time when Hillary was serving as Secretary Of State on the government body that eventually approved the uranium deal.
In addition, The Washington Post recently reported that the DNC and Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign were behind the funding of the infamous Trump dossier. As you might already know, this is a dossier of mostly unverified accusations against Trump, many of which the Journal notes are based on Kremlin-connected sources. Naturally, this raises the possibility that the Democratic Party funded a Moscow-pushed misinformation campaign against the President.
These revelations seriously harmed the Democrat-pushed accusations that he colluded with the Russians on their heads. Additionally, it raises several questions about the DNC, the Clinton campaign, and the Obama administration´s dealing with the Kremlin.
The Journal’s editorial board argues that the Bureau’s role in these controversies now needs to be seriously investigated. After all, Mueller served as its Director between 2001 and 2013, meaning that he led the FBI while the Uranium One deal was being debated and approved.
Regarding the dossier, the Journal wrote that the most concerning question is whether the FBI played any kind of role in assisting a “Russian disinformation campaign.” Additionally, the editorial board argues that everyone knows how the agency possessed the Trump dossier last year. Also, it points out how the Bureau debated to pay former MI6 agent Christopher Steele to continue his operation in the run-up of the presidential election.
The Journal wrote this situation occurred while former FBI Director James Comey was ramping up his investigation into the alleged ties between the Trump campaign and the Russians.
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Arguing that congressional investigators now need to aim specifically at the FBI´s role, the editorial board explains that this puts Mueller’s stewardship of the probe into question. The Journal wrote that the recent revelations about Fusion GPS mean that the FBI’s role in the Russia’s election interference must now be investigated. The board argued that this needs to be done even as the Bureau and Justice insist that Mueller´s probe prevents them from cooperating with any Congressional investigator.
It is basically in this context that the newspaper argues that the Special Counsel, as a former FBI Director and someone who has worked with Comey, must definitely resign.
Otherwise, the Special Counsel Robert Mueller will create an unprecedented chaos with unpredictable consequences.