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Mueller’s Background Brings Potential Conflicts Of Interest Into Russia Probe

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WASHINGTON — Robert Mueller,  the newly appointed special counsel to investigate Russia’s influence in the 2016 election, potentially carries conflicts of interest with him into the investigation.

Prior to his appointment, Mueller had worked at Wilmer Hale, a law firm with clients that include former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, President Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump, and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. Each of these individuals potentially could be witnesses or deemed important subjects within Mueller’s probe.

On the other hand, Fox News anchor and former defense attorney Gregg Jarrett points to another possible conflict of interest Mueller may have: his past working relationship with former FBI director Jim Comey — the man President Trump fired just two weeks ago.

Part of Mueller’s investigation could examine if President Trump obstructed justice when he reportedly told Comey in relation to a federal probe of former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn, “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

Jarrett writes at Fox News: “[Mueller] and James Comey are good friends and former colleagues who worked hand-in-hand for years at the FBI.  Agents will tell you they were joined at the hip.  They stood together in solidarity, both threatening to resign over the warrantless wiretapping fiasco involving then-Attorney General John Ashcroft in 2004.”

He continues, “Comey regards his predecessor as a mentor, while Mueller considers Comey his protégé. When Comey was appointed to succeed Mueller as FBI Director, both men appeared together and were effusive in their praise of one another.  Their relationship is not merely a casual one.  It is precisely the kind of association which ethical rules are designed to guard against.”

As of Friday, a Washington Post report says a White House staffer close to the president is a “significant person of interest” in the Russia investigation.

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  • Zaphod Braden

    Where is the investigation of ISRAELI “collusion in American elections”?!
    How many of YOUR/America’s $4+BILLION in WELFARE given to Israel every year comes back to America in the form of BRIBES to “american” politicians? Traitors voting to give Israel MORE, so they can get bigger BRIBES. .
    http://investmentwatchblog.com/former-us-lawmaker-cynthia-mckinney-says-every-candidate-for-congress-has-to-sign-a-pledge-to-vote-for-supporting-the-military-superiority-of-israel/

    “The US shouldn’t give high clearances to Jews, because when asked to help, we’re willing to do anything for the love of our country, Israel.” — Spy Jonathan Pollard during interrogation by the FBI. Make note that Pollard was born in the US and his spying put America in serious nuclear risk back in the 1980’s. To recap. Pollard stole (among other things) secrets related to the US Nuclear Deterrent, including where US missiles were targeted inside the USSR, and sold that information to Israel. Israel, our supposed only friend in the Middle East turned around and traded that information to the USSR in exchange for increased emigration quotas for Russian Jews.
    Had a nuclear WW3 started at that moment, the USSR would have won.
    ………….
    July 16, 2010 posted by Jeff Gates Less than two weeks prior to the mass murder of September 11, 2001, the Israeli government made a $1 million grant to Israeli super-spy Jonathan Pollard…
    that $1MILLION would be YOUR tax dollars, out of the $4BILLION you give them every year.

  • Excellent investigative journalism

  • Our justice system, just like our media, is highly selective; the question is, who is doing the selecting?

  • jay landers

    Mueller investigated 9-11. ThAT says volumes about this guys integrity & ethics