Enough is enough.
This week’s explosive revelations that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democrat National Committee partly funded the infamous Fusion GPS dossier on Donald Trump have spurred the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board to say what many conservatives have been thinking for a while now: Robert Mueller has got to go.
After recapping the latest on the Hillary/DNC/Fusion web, WSJ’s editorial notes that this scandal has tarnished more than just partisan entities:
The more troubling question is whether the FBI played a role, even if inadvertently, in assisting a Russian disinformation campaign. We know the agency possessed the dossier in 2016, and according to media reports it debated paying Mr. Steele to continue his work in the runup to the election. This occurred while former FBI Director James Comey was ramping up his probe into supposed ties between the Trump campaign and Russians.
Two pertinent questions: Did the dossier trigger the FBI probe of the Trump campaign, and did Mr. Comey or his agents use it as evidence to seek wiretapping approval from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Trump campaign aides?
Congressional investigators need to focus on the FBI’s role, and House Speaker Paul Ryan was correct Wednesday to insist that the bureau comply with Congress’s document demands “immediately.”
WSJ goes on to recommend that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), chair of the House Intelligence Committee, be reinstated as the lead government official on the Russia investigation given the compromised alternatives and the partisan nature of his detractors. Then the piece gets to the heart of the matter:
All of this also raises questions about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. The Fusion news means the FBI’s role in Russia’s election interference must now be investigated—even as the FBI and Justice insist that Mr. Mueller’s probe prevents them from cooperating with Congressional investigators.
Mr. Mueller is a former FBI director, and for years he worked closely with Mr. Comey. It is no slur against Mr. Mueller’s integrity to say that he lacks the critical distance to conduct a credible probe of the bureau he ran for a dozen years. He could best serve the country by resigning to prevent further political turmoil over that conflict of interest.
That may be no slur against his integrity, but other incidents sure as hell are. As TFPP reported recently, Mueller’s choice for lead prosecutor Andrew Weissman indicates, according to ex-federal prosecutor Sidney Powell, he intends for the probe to be “an all-out assault to find crimes to pin on [Trump friends, family, and colleagues] — and it won’t matter if there are no crimes to be found. This team can make some.”
Further, as TFPP also reported recently, Mueller presided over the FBI at the same time the agency covered up evidence of bribery between Russian officials and the Clinton Foundation:
As far back as 2009, FBI officials had gathered “substantial evidence” that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, The Hill reports.
Included in the bribery scheme is the routing of millions of dollars designed to benefit the Clinton Foundation during the time Hillary was Secretary of State.
Rather than bring immediate charges for the scheme though, the FBI and Justice Department decided to continue “investigating” the issue for four more years – leaving the American public and Congress in the dark about Russian nuclear corruption on U.S. soil during a period when the Obama administration made two major decisions benefiting Putin’s commercial nuclear ambitions.
The Wall Street Journal is right: fire Mueller. Are you listening, Mr. President?