House Judiciary Member Calls For Mueller Resignation Over Conflict, "Clear Violation Of Federal Code"

House Judiciary Committee member, Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ), is calling on Robert Mueller, special counsel for the Department of Justice’s Russia investigation, to resign over an alleged "conflict of interest" resulting from a personal relationship with James Comey who is a person of interest in the investigation.  Per the Washington Examiner:

"Bob Mueller is in clear violation of federal code and must resign to maintain the integrity of the investigation into alleged Russian ties," Franks said. "Those who worked under them have attested he and Jim Comey possess a close friendship, and they have delivered on-the-record statements effusing praise of one another."

 

"No one knows Mr. Mueller's true intentions, but neither can anyone dispute that he now clearly appears to be a partisan arbiter of justice. Accordingly, the law is also explicitly clear: he must step down based on this conflict of interest," Franks said.

 

"Already, this investigation has become suspect – reports have revealed at least four members of Mueller's team on the Russia probe donated to support Hillary Clinton for President, as President Trump pointed out. These obviously deliberate partisan hirings do not help convey impartiality," Franks said. "Until Mueller resigns, he will be in clear violation of the law, a reality that fundamentally undermines his role as Special Counsel and attending ability to execute the law."

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Comey served as deputy attorney general during Mueller's FBI tenure, and the two bonded in pushing back in 2004 against then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez's efforts to expand domestic surveillance.

That relationship could come into play as Mueller reportedly investigates whether Trump's dismissal of the FBI director constituted obstruction of justice amid the bureau's probe into whether Russian agents coordinated cybercrimes with the Trump campaign.

As we've pointed out before, several of Mueller's early, notable hires have all been contributors to Hillary's and/or Obama's previous campaigns and Jeannie Rhee actually represented the Clinton Foundation.

Michael Dreeben, who serves as the Justice Department’s deputy solicitor general, is working on a part-time basis for Mueller, The Washington Post reported Friday.

 

Dreeben donated $1,000 dollars to Hillary Clinton’s Senate political action committee (PAC), Friends of Hillary, while she ran for public office in New York. Dreeben did so while he served as the deputy solicitor general at the Justice Department.

 

Jeannie Rhee, another member of Mueller’s team, donated $5,400 to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign PAC Hillary for America.

 

Andrew Weissmann, who serves in a top post within the Justice Department’s fraud practice, is the most senior lawyer on the special counsel team, Bloomberg reported. He served as the FBI’s general counsel and the assistant director to Mueller when the special counsel was FBI director.

 

Before he worked at the FBI or Justice Department, Weissman worked at the law firm Jenner & Block LLP, during which he donated six times to political action committees for Obama in 2008 for a total of $4,700.

 

James Quarles, who served as an assistant special prosecutor on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force, has donated to over a dozen Democratic PACs since the late 1980s. He was also identified by the Washington Post as a member of Mueller's team.

 

Starting in 1987, Quarles donated to Democratic candidate Michael Dukakis’s presidential PAC, Dukakis for President. Since then, he has also contributed in 1999 to Sen. Al Gore’s run for the presidency, then-Sen. John Kerry’s (D-Mass.) presidential bid in 2005, Obama’s presidential PAC in 2008 and 2012, and Clinton’s presidential pac Hillary for America in 2016.

Of course, any effort to forcibly remove Mueller would undoubtedly result in Maxine Waters once again calling for Trump's impeachment and somehow we suspect that Mueller would have already stepped down if he thought his relationship with Comey was a real conflict...so don't expect the status quo to change anytime soon.

Comments

jeff montanye 847328_3527 Tue, 08/01/2017 - 12:57 Permalink

mueller the drooler couldn't find a zionist in the whole of 9-11 but came up with a passport and a head scarf from two plane crash sites (indeed pennslyvania yielded this artifact but no actual plane and now the unexcavated pit is sealed with an enormous concrete pad).  https://www.google.com/search?q=fbi+objects+found+in+shanksville+photos… he is ok as head of the special counsel since his obvious conflict of interest and the partisan nature of his staff make the illegitimacy of the u.s. government going back to 9-11 particularly a useful teaching tool for the sheeple.  having him there under increasing scepticism and, eventually, mockery, is helpful to getting people on board with the deep state destruction project. 

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Yog Soggoth Looney Tue, 08/01/2017 - 17:19 Permalink

Actually this is up to judicial oversight and the bar. The bar should have already given him notice, with a deadline for withdrawel. That is a swamp that can be sued given time. Good picture of Mueller and Comey doing their Willie the Weasel imitation. You know, from the Foghorn Leghorn cartoons.

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null Yog Soggoth Wed, 08/02/2017 - 11:19 Permalink

I think they (Don and Bill) are not even having to be creative in their attempts to trip up the Media Party (formerly known as the DNC).

I will eat my words if Sessions disappoints in the end. Trump only has a few folks who are his First Choices and I am convinced that these are 100% loyal to Trump's Stated agenda.

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chubbar FrozenGoodz (not verified) Tue, 08/01/2017 - 13:12 Permalink

OT, and under the banner "you've got to be fucking kidding me"! Here is an excerpt from an article I just read:"With the naming of “Obamacare” a little known piece of legislation was tucked in stating that “expenses and royalties associated with naming the bill” would be paid out. Until it was renamed the Affordable Care Act, these “royalties and expenses” totaled $411 million…And guess who they got paid to?It is an inarguable fact that former President, Barack Obama, has been known in his life as Barry Soetoro; this stems from the time he moved to Indonesia with his mother’s second husband, Lolo Soetoro. Barack was enrolled in school under this name and continued to use it for some time on his return to the United States at the age of 10.  Of the monies paid for “royalties and expenses” it seems “$400 million was transferred discreetly to accounts offshore to Barry Soetoro, LLC, a legal entity operating out of three foreign countries.” The accounts have funds in the Cayman Islands, Caledonia, and Ireland; what this means is that it is not paying tax in the US…It works out to around $170 million not in the public coffers......"http://investmentwatchblog.com/why-no-media-response-on-barry-soetoros-400-million-in-offshore-accounts/This is incredible, if true.

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sgt_doom FrozenGoodz (not verified) Tue, 08/01/2017 - 13:14 Permalink

The fooker owes the American taxpayer $105 million, fer crissakes!!!! As has been previously mentioned at this site, this would be the best reason for Robert Swan (Truesdale) Mueller III to resign:https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/06/08/comey-and-mueller-russiagates-mythical-heroes/A History of FailureLong before he became FBI Director, serious questions existed about Mueller’s role as Acting U.S. Attorney in Boston in effectively enabling decades of corruption and covering up of the FBI’s illicit deals with mobster Whitey Bulger and other “top echelon” informants who committed numerous murders and crimes. When the truth was finally uncovered through intrepid investigative reporting and persistent, honest judges, U.S. taxpayers footed a $100 million court award to the four men framed for murders committed by (the FBI-operated) Bulger gang.Current media applause omits the fact that former FBI Director Mueller was the top official in charge of the Anthrax terror fiasco investigation into those 2001 murders, which targeted an innocent man (Steven Hatfill) whose lawsuit eventually forced the FBI to pay $5 million in compensation. Mueller’s FBI was also severely criticized by Department of Justice Inspector Generals finding the FBI overstepped the law improperly serving hundreds of thousands of “national security letters” to obtain private (and irrelevant) metadata on citizens, and for infiltrating nonviolent anti-war groups under the guise of investigating “terrorism.”

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MarsInScorpio FrozenGoodz (not verified) Tue, 08/01/2017 - 20:41 Permalink

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Mike Masr BeerMe Tue, 08/01/2017 - 13:18 Permalink

Yes, I agree, but that's our own stupidity. Our own home grown commies sought out the Soviets decades before Joseph McCarthy.Our commies started the Unions and the Democratic Party's patronage army of voters.Today Russia is a capitalist and a Christian nation. Today commies are everywhere in the US and in Congress.Look at the obscene Marxist taxes we pay in the US and look at the personal and corporate tax structure of Russia.The roles are reversed.We live in the USSA! Union of Soviet Socialist America! 

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GUS100CORRINA Manthong Tue, 08/01/2017 - 12:09 Permalink

House Judiciary Member Calls For Mueller Resignation Over Conflict, "Clear Violation Of Federal Code"My response: Finally, someone is coming to their senses. How about a special prosecutor be assigned to the DNC/IT MESS and HRC's Email violations??Tyrannical 'in-your-face' lawlessness has been going on for awhile now. LET's END IT!!!!RULE OF LAW ... Bring it on baby, bring it on!!!!!

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