- Mueller is a buddy of James B. Comey, whom Trump fired as FBI director. “The federal code could not be clearer — Mueller is compromised by his apparent conflict of interest in being close with James Comey,” Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), told Fox News in a statement on Friday. “The appearance of a conflict is enough to put Mueller in violation of the code. . . . All of the revelations in recent weeks make the case stronger.”
- Mueller was serving as the director of the FBI back in 2010, when the U.S. government was reviewing a controversial deal in which a Russian company acquired a Canadian mining company with uranium holdings in the United States — a transaction that would become known as the Uranium One deal. In a masterful piece of distraction, The Hill on Oct. 17 published a “scoop” that Mueller’s FBI was investigating criminal conduct involving a subsidiary of the company involved in the Uranium One deal.
- The Washington Post reported last week that the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee retained research firm Fusion GPS to develop the infamous dossier on Trump’s ties to Russia — a document put together by a former MI6 officer. As it turned out, the FBI considered paying the agent to continue his work but backed out after the whole thing blew up in the media. Therefore, the FBI needs to be investigated, and Mueller, a former director, can’t possibly do that.
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.The American public deserves a full accounting of the scope and nature of Russian meddling in American democracy, and that means following the trail of the Steele dossier as much as it does the meetings of Trump campaign officials.