All Of Mueller's Men

The Disturbing Backgrounds of the RussiaGate Special Counsel's Top Aides


We’ve got a great piece today by Phil Gibbons that looks at RussiaGate special counsel Robert Mueller’s curious involvement in the case of Whitey Bulger, the mobster and FBI informant.

It’s pretty stunning that the former FBI director, along with former senior CIA officials Michael Hayden and John McLaughlin, have been turned into heroes by the Trump #Resistance and the media. As Phil’s story notes, in regard to Mueller, this is a man whose history is being largely ignored, including:

His role in the post-9/11 roundup of thousands of Muslims (subjected to arbitrary detention, beatings, humiliation), his botching of the anthrax investigation by ignoring a solid lead and fingering an innocent man (government legal settlement: $5.8 million), his silence as the Bush administration lied about Iraq as a pretext for war, and his his accommodation to Bush’s torture program (against protests by his own agents), which led one court to conclude that he and Attorney General John Ashcroft, “met regularly with a small group of government officials in Washington, D.C., and mapped out ways to exert maximum pressure on the individuals arrested in connection with the terrorism investigation.

None of this matters to #TheResistance or the media, which remains obsessed with impeaching Trump, no matter what the cost to the constitution and due process. As I’ve repeatedly said before, I remain open to new evidence but thus far I haven’t seen anything that remotely suggests Trump should be impeached. Until and if emerges, I’m against what appears to be a regime change operation and favor Trump being removed, if the people want it — and I do — at the polls.

Anyway, Mueller and his team are finally getting a little more scrutiny after yesterday’s stunning revelations that, as CNN reported:

A former top counterintelligence expert at the FBI, now at the center of a political uproar for exchanging private messages that appeared to mock President Donald Trump, changed a key phrase in former FBI Director James Comey’s description of how former secretary of state Hillary Clinton handled classified information, according to US officials familiar with the matter.

Electronic records show Peter Strzok, who led the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server as the No. 2 official in the counterintelligence division, changed Comey’s earlier draft language describing Clinton’s actions as “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless,” the sources said.

Strzok sent his text messages to an FBI employee with whom he was reportedly having an affair. Smart. Now imagine what #TheResistance would have to say if Mueller were a Republican prosecutor who had to can a top aide because of text messages he had sent to his paramour about Barack Obama, and this same top aide had softened language about the conduct of a senior Obama administration staffer. I’m pretty sure there would be maximum outrage.

(It’s pretty curious too that, as the New York Times reported today, Mueller is now said to have subpoenaed Deutsche Bank “for information on its business dealings with President Trump.” Probably a coincidence but it sure does change the narrative that emerged yesterday — which doesn’t mean the bank records won’t contain interesting information, just that the timing of this story/leak seems propitious from Mueller’s point of view.)

There are a few other Mueller staffers whose past conduct has raised serious eyebrows — and none more so than Andrew Weissmann, who the Times, in a glowing story, has described as the special counsel’s “Legal Pit Bull.” That story said that:

Mr. Weissmann was credited with acting on a hunch that Ben F. Glisan Jr., the former Enron treasurer who had already pleaded guilty without agreeing to cooperate, might be willing to say more. United States marshals hauled in Mr. Glisan from prison, at Mr. Weissmann’s direction, to appear before a grand jury. He became a key witness.

Prosecutors also initially earned a conviction of Arthur Andersen, an accounting firm charged with illegally destroying documents related to its audit of Enron, for obstruction of justice. Colleagues praised his resourcefulness and legal guile. Opponents accused him of overreach, citing a series of overturned convictions and higher-court losses. 

The Daily Caller ran a less sanitized version — and I get tired of saying this, but you may not like the publication, but please rebut the facts, not the outlet:

Mr. Glisan pleaded guilty to a five-year count and just wanted to do his time. The problem was he refused to “cooperate” with Mr. Weissmann.

Federal authorities took Mr. Glisan to prison. He was placed straight into solitary confinement — a hole of a cell with a slit for light and barely enough room to stand. Men far tougher than Ben Glisan will tell you that 24 hours in solitary confinement can drive a man insane.

Mr. Weissmann and his Enron Task Force left Mr. Glisan in solitary for almost two weeks. The broken Ben Glisan then faced hardened criminals in the daily prison population. That is how Mr. Weissmann got that “hunch.”

Solitary at Gitmo. No problem.

Prosecutors have enormous power of suspects and can almost always get them to cut a deal and flip, or face lengthy prison terms. That may well be the way that Mueller and Weismann convinced Michael Flynn to take a deal last week. As I said, I’m open to evidence that Trump has committed impeachable offenses, but thus far Mueller and his “dream team” don’t seem to have much.

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