In a photo taken Wednesday, June 21, 2017, Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian meddling in the election and possible connection to the Trump campaign, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Former Chair of the California Republican Party Tom Del Beccaro has an interesting piece at Fox News today in which he outlines four areas of “improper” action taken by Mueller in the Russia collusion report, beginning with the fact that Mueller should never have taken the job at all.
We’ve already learned from Attorney General William Barr that after nearly two years of investigation Mueller concluded there was no collusion between Trump and his presidential campaign and Russia to win the 2016 presidential election.
And we’ve learned that Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded from the Mueller report that the president didn’t obstruct justice.
The truth is that President Trump is right when he says the investigation should never even have taken place and that Mueller was the wrong person to head the probe, hired the wrong people as prosecutors, and conducted the investigation improperly.
Del Beccaro lays out four areas that he says represent reasons why the investigation never should have happened. They include
- Mueller’s conflicts of interest
- His tendency to hire biased prosecutors
- His referrals dealing only with potential wrongdoing by Trump campaign, but none related to FISA abuses etc.
- Prosecutorial misconduct in the arrest of Roger Stone
Del Beccaro begins by asserting that Mueller was too compromised by personal relationships (such as his long time friendship with former FBI Director James Comey) and by the fact that Trump interviewed him to replace Comey at the FBI to conduct an unbiased investigation. “In America, you should not – or rather, cannot – be both a witness and a fact-finder,” Del Beccaro writes.
From there, he outlines Mueller’s tendency to hire similarly compromised prosecutors. Del Beccaro reminds us that Mueller frequently said he wasn’t allowed to consider the partisanship of his prosecutors, “yet he somehow wound up with a raft full of Democrats and Hillary Clinton donors.” Del Beccaro says Mueller should have sought prosecutorial help outside DC’s swamp.
Then the GOP operative says Mueller followed all trails that led to potential wrongdoing on the part of Trump or his associates, but flat-out ignored other potential crimes such as the FISA court abuses and Comey’s admitted leaking of secret FBI information to the press.
Del Beccaro wraps up his analysis by offering a quote on the abuse of power from none other than George Washington. “Great power, Washington believed, was often found when not exercising power. Mueller would have done well to understand that,” Del Beccaro writes. Instead, Mueller chose to arrest Roger Stone in the most flamboyant way possible in a flagrant abuse of power.