(National Sentinel)Â Corrupt:Â By now it should be patently obvious to anyone who retains even a modicum of fairness in this highly charged, highly-partisan political environment in which we find ourselves these days that special counsel Robert Mueller isnâ€™t interested in finding â€œTrump-Russia collusion.â€
After nearly a yearâ€™s worth of investigating â€” a probe that followed a counterterrorism operation launched in the summer of 2016 against the Trump campaign by the Obama administration and at least three congressional investigations â€” Mueller hasnâ€™t found any evidence of collusion.
In fact, the House Intelligence Committee has come up with a report from majority Republicans that the panel has not found one shred of evidence indicating collusion or any other illegal campaign activities involving Russia or any foreign government. The Democrats on the panel claim there is proof but they havenâ€™t produced any (and they would have by now).
So what is MuellerÂ actuallyÂ investigating at the moment? Why does he keep indicting minor campaign figures and one former Trump administration official (Michael Flynn) for process crimes and other alleged illegal activities from more than 10 years ago?
How broad was the mandate, exactly, that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave Mueller and his team when he named the former FBI director to be special counsel â€” on a set-up initiated by another former FBI director, James Comey?
We donâ€™t yet have answers to these questions, but one thing we do know is this: Mueller, who is hailed and feted by the D.C. Swamp to be a man of indisputable integrity, instead has a history of being little more than a dirty cop.
History of prosecutorial abuse
This story begins years ago when Mueller was first an assistant U.S. attorney then as the acting U.S. attorney in Boston.Â
Throughout the 1980s, Mueller wrote letters to the stateâ€™s parole and pardons board opposing clemency for four men â€” Peter Limone, Henry Tameleo, Joe Salvati, and Louis Greco, who were convicted for a 1965 mob-related murder.
ButÂ it turns out they were innocent. And it turns out that MuellerÂ knewÂ they were innocent.Â
Some rogue FBI agents, John Connolly and John Morris, both of whom were â€œhandlersâ€ for mob figure-turned-FBI informant Whitey Bulger, attempted to intimidate a local parole board member, Mike Albano â€” who later became mayor of Springfield, Mass. â€” into dropping his sympathy for the four men and any inkling of voting to grant them clemency.
â€œThey told me that if I wanted to stay in public life, I shouldnâ€™t vote to release a guy like Limone,â€™â€™ Albano said. â€œThey intimidated me.â€™â€™
Both agents, of course, would have had to have been answerable to the U.S. attorney in Boston at the time, which was, as previously stated, Bob Mueller.
Thereâ€™s more. After Albano became mayor in 1995 he found that the FBI had begun investigating his administration for â€˜corruption.â€™ After taking down several people associated with his government, he became convinced that â€œthe FBI wasnâ€™t interested in public integrity as much as in publicly humiliating him because he dared to defy them,â€ theÂ Boston Globeâ€™s Kevin Cullen writes.
Sen. Ted Stevens
Former Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, was, at the time, the longest-serving GOP senator who had an impeccable reputation among those who knew him. But shortly before the 2008 election he was indicted by the FBI â€” led at the time by Director Robert Mueller â€” based on falsified records and testimony from some very well rewarded â€œcooperatingâ€ witnesses.Â
In short order, it was reported that the government had concealed exculpatory evidence from Stevensâ€™ defense team. As such, an independent investigation was ordered by U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, which discovered that the prosecution was â€œpermeated by the systemic concealment of significant exculpatory evidence, which would have independently corroborated Senator Stevensâ€™ defense and his testimony, and seriously damaged the testimony and credibility of the governmentâ€™s key witness.â€
A just-released reportÂ by U.S. Rep. Louis Gohmert, R-Texas, titled, â€œRobert Mueller: Unmasked,â€ recounted the injustice.
The â€˜stinkâ€™ was that Stevens, whom retired Army general and Secretary of State Colin Powell described as â€œa trusted individualâ€ whom people â€œcould rely on,â€ did not pay full price for improvements to his Alaskan cabin. The charges were leveled 100 days out from a closely contested election; he was convicted just eight days before voters went to the polls, which tipped the scale to his Democratic opponent.
But in fact, as reports noted at the time, Gohmertâ€™s report states, Stevens actuallyÂ overpaidÂ for those improvements by about 20 percent. Nevertheless, after relying on false records and that â€˜rewardedâ€™ witness, the prosecution convinced jurors to find him guilty.
States Gohmertâ€™s report:
After a report substantiated massive improprieties by the FBI and DOJ in the investigation and prosecution of Senator Stevens, the result was ultimately a complete dismissal of the conviction.
At the time there was no direct evidence that Director Mueller was aware of the tactics of concealing exculpatory evidence that would have exonerated Stevens, and the creation of evidence that convicted him in 2008.
However, Mueller is culpable because, as director, he allowed the FBI agent who essentially manufactured the case against Stevens to remain on board (to this day), while allowing an agent who blew the whistle on the corrupt case to be punished.
â€œObviously, the FBI Director wanted his FBI agents to understand that honesty would be punished if it revealed wrongdoing within Muellerâ€™s organization,â€ said Gohmertâ€™s report.
In March, Gohmert told a monthly meeting of conservatives that he believes Muellerâ€™s never-ending â€˜Russian collusionâ€™ investigation is designed, in part, to cover up a real scandal: Uranium One.
â€œI think Mueller should be fired,â€ Gohmert, a former state judge,Â said during the monthly â€œConversation with Conservativesâ€ meeting. â€œHe should never have been appointed and he should never have accepted. He should be fired.â€
To that end, asÂ The National SentinelÂ reported in January, Muellerâ€™s FBI had been investigating a scheme since 2008 that involved bribery, kickbacks, and money laundering with a Russian nuclear industry official, Vadim Mikerin, who was acting in order to secure a business advantage with TENEX, a subsidiary of Russian state-owned nuclear firm Rosatom, which bought Uranium One.
Now-fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe had been assigned to oversee the ongoing investigation, which was never revealed to the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States â€” the body that approves sales of U.S. firms with possible strategic implications to foreign companies. Had the committee known, it would have never approved the Uranium One sale.
Eventually, four individuals were prosecuted but then given a plea bargain after the Uranium One sale was approved; the prosecuting Justice Department attorneys were current Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Andrew Weissman, a Democrat supporter now on Muellerâ€™s special counsel team.
Additional reporting noted that the Obama DoJ never called the dealâ€™s secret informant, William D. Campbell, when it was time to charge former Russian uranium industry official Mikerinn.
â€œIâ€™ve never heard of such a case unless the victim is dead. Iâ€™ve never heard of prosecutors making a major case and not talking to the victim before you made it, especially when he was available to them through the FBI,â€Â Alan DershowitzÂ toldÂ The Hill.
A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.
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