One of the nation’s top newspapers is calling for Robert Mueller to resign from his post as Special Counsel for the investigation into alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.
The Wall Street Journal says Mueller and his team are too tainted to continue leading the investigation.
“The Washington Post and the New York Times reported Saturday that a lead FBI investigator on the Mueller probe, Peter Strzok, was demoted this summer after it was discovered he’d sent anti- Trump texts to a mistress. As troubling, Mr. Mueller and the Justice Department kept this information from House investigators, despite Intelligence Committee subpoenas that would have exposed those texts. They also refused to answer questions about Mr. Strzok’s dismissal and refused to make him available for an interview.”
The WSJ says someone more credible is needed.
“The latest news supports our view that Mr. Mueller is too conflicted to investigate the FBI and should step down in favor of someone more credible. The investigation would surely continue, though perhaps with someone who doesn’t think his job includes protecting the FBI and Mr. Comey from answering questions about their role in the 2016 election.”
This is not the first time Mueller has come under fire for a conflict of interest.
Many DC insiders believe Mueller, who used to be the FBI Director, is far too close with James Comey, Mueller’s replacement at the FBI who was later fired by President Trump. It was Comey’s dismissal that spawned the Mueller investigation.
It’s also worth noting that Mueller’s two major arrests, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, were charged with crimes that have nothing to do with colluding with Russia during the 2016 election.
Manafort’s alleged improprieties were committed long before 2016, and the incident leading to Flynn’s charge was after the election, when Trump had already won.