Former FBI Agent: To Preserve His Integrity, Mueller Must Step Aside

Authored by Kenneth Strange, op-ed via The Hill,

It was painful to witness. One of our own - a deputy FBI director no less - was fired barely a day or two away from retirement and a certain pension. And now Andrew McCabe faces possible federal charges for lying to other federal agents, charges that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller knows all too well and is wielding with great effect in the Russian collusion case.

Still, I wonder about Mueller. McCabe, Peter Strzok and James Comey all are public servants who former FBI Director Mueller mentored, supervised or knew well. It has got to be hugely disappointing for Mueller to stand by and watch the people who he managed, who worked for and were loyal to him, and who he was fond of become a part of this train wreck. As a former supervisor, Mueller is accountable for those people he supervised — for the good and the bad. How does he feel about it? We don’t know. He remains mute.

We all know about Mueller’s stellar career in the military, in the Department of Justice and with the FBI. Mueller played a key role in enhancing the FBI’s image at a seminal moment in bureau history. And he should be and has been lauded for his courage and tireless service to the country. Everyone I know at the bureau and at the DOJ has had good things to say about Mueller. More importantly, the consensus among law enforcement and beyond is that Bob Mueller is a man of unquestionable integrity.

But that was then and this is now. 

Mueller’s first mistake was in having Strzok as part of his “dream” team of lawyers and investigators. I thought Mueller would have been a better judge of character. It also begs the question why Strzok would be selected to work on both the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the Russian collusion case. It should have been one or the other - that’s common sense. 

In fairness to Mueller, when he discovered that Strzok, one of his favorite investigators, was involved in conduct unbecoming an FBI agent, he acted immediately and removed him from his team. But Mueller kept that news quiet and away from the public for several months. That, in itself, seems out of character for Mueller.

While Peter Strzok still lurks in the basement of the Hoover Building, the optics could not be worse for Mueller and his impartial investigation. His team has worked diligently and for long hours to find “the goods” on an array of unsuspecting and discrete individuals. It would be a shame to have their good work impugned by those who would accuse Mueller of a conflict of interest — that he is perceived as too close to the same people who initiated the allegation of Russian collusion.

As it stands now, the credibility of the special’s counsel’s investigation is steadily eroding. The longer it goes on with Mueller, the man behind the curtain, the less effective the investigation and its results.

Mr. Mueller, show the American people what my colleagues in law enforcement already know — that you are a man of great wisdom and integrity. Do the honorable thing and recuse yourself from the Russian collusion investigation. The DOJ requires a special prosecutor without ties to Jim Comey, Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok. The investigation will get done; don’t worry about that. Your team will see to it. 

Mr. Mueller, are you listening? You restored public confidence in the bureau.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) called you a “great American.” You are still thought of highly. Step aside with dignity and let the investigation play itself out without any further controversy about you, the FBI and your team. The American people deserve no less.

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Kenneth Strange served the FBI as a member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force in Newark, New Jersey and as Special Agent in Charge of the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General in Los Angeles. He is presently the vice president of business development for an international investigative services company.

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gregga777 HRClinton Mon, 03/19/2018 - 22:56 Permalink

Inspector Clouseau Mueller never found, assuming that he ever really looked, the true culprits behind 9/11. He's not about to recuse himself and give up part of the $ billions promised by the KKK (Klinton Krime Klan) Greed Incorporated as rewards for taking down President Trump. Not to mention getting Arkancided by Hitlery's team within the Weasel's Assassinations & Coverups Team. 

 

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Koba the Dread HRClinton Mon, 03/19/2018 - 23:11 Permalink

Agreed! "Bob Mueller is a man of unquestionable integrity." What! Bob Mueller is a man of unquestionable integrity? Bob Mueller, you wallpapered over 9-11 and anthrax quite thoroughly, accused the wrong man of the anthrax scare and ruined his life. Mr. Mueller, you're a disgusting whore to power.

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SixIsNinE HRClinton Mon, 03/19/2018 - 23:35 Permalink

more than that, Mueller gave free passes & good graces to all complicit in perpetrating the most egregious act of terror upon our country and people - AND  Mueller aided and abetted the murder of John O'Neill - the FBI chief who was forced out when the bureau last had some "INTEGRITY" which was BEFORE 9/11. 

The fact that Mueller is still around and playing these games after 17 years when ANYONE in the FBI that has a clue KNOWS Mueller's top level involvement in COMMITTING the TERROR ACTS of 9/11 - stands as EVIDENCED that the ENTIRE Bureau is COMPLICIT of the TERROR on ALL of US, and ALL the Bureau Employee's FAMILY & FRIENDS.

SUCKS being a scoundrel traitor - as there is NO HONOR to be FOUND anywhere.

MUELLER also gave good graces to Christy Todd Whitman who assisted in the death and grievous bodily harm to thousands of first responders by telling them the air was safe to breath following the dustification of 100'000s of thousands of computers and electronics and metals and office materials.

If MUELLER had one shred of integrity he would have plunged on a sword long ago.

What is the problem with the FBI?  How do they allow such treasonous lumps of demonic bones stand within their ranks?

Has NO ONE any balls?  Does EVERY bureau employee treasure their paycheck above ALL ELSE?

How do they live with the destruction enabled by the FBI upon New York City and by extension the entire plane Earth?

 

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TuesdayBen Mon, 03/19/2018 - 22:47 Permalink

Ken Strange, whaddaya make of the fact that Mueller staffed his team entirely with libs?  What does that tell you?

You say everyone has but good things to say about Mueller.  What about Steven Hatfill, the guy Mueller tried to pin the anthrax attacks on?   

DEEP STATE FIXER 

Dancing Disraeli swamp Mon, 03/19/2018 - 23:40 Permalink

Or perhaps this Strange guy realizes that the current 'get Trump' team is now so hopelessly discredited, that the only way to have any chance of succeeding in getting what they desire is to say 'King's X on the Mueller group.  We want a do-over with another team-- one that looks cleaner than the one we started with.'

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MrBoompi Mon, 03/19/2018 - 22:50 Permalink

I know how he feels about it.  The stupidity of Obama, Clinton, Comey, Brennan, and so many others forced the bright lights on the secret activities of the deep state, something he was successful preventing for most of his years there.  Now he's caught up in it, he can either show the world he really is a deep state lackey or recommend prosecution of these folks for shit he probably did himself.  

Chupacabra-322 MrBoompi Mon, 03/19/2018 - 23:08 Permalink

@ Mr,

There’s nothing more “Illuminating” than having the bright lights right square on the Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths at the CIA, FBI, DOJ Deep State.  

 

The heat emanating from those lights can be intensely HOT!  

 

These Scum Fuck Cowards would love no less than to scurry back into the darkness.  That will occur should Muller abruptly end his bogus investigation.  I hope he continues his lost cause.  It’s so much more entertaining as more daily Criminality is exposed at the Highest Compartmentalized Criminal Levels of the Deep State.

 

 

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Cabreado Mon, 03/19/2018 - 22:51 Permalink

When did Mueller ever have integrity to "preserve?"

If you have "integrity," it's not a pick and choose thing...

If he has "integrity," he'd have shut down the charade a long time ago.

bh2 Mon, 03/19/2018 - 22:56 Permalink

"Mueller’s first mistake was in having Strzok as part of his 'dream' team of lawyers and investigators. I thought Mueller would have been a better judge of character. It also begs the question why Strzok would be selected to work on both the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the Russian collusion case. It should have been one or the other - that’s common sense."

To ask the question is to answer it.