Thursday, July 25, 2019

Doddering Robert Mueller: How Long Has He Been Like This?

At the Federalist, "How Long Has Robert Mueller Been Like This?":

Robert Mueller, in his current state, should not have been allowed to supervise the Russia collusion investigation.  But the greater question is, how long has Robert Mueller been like this?

The regulation on the appointment of a Special Counsel provides that the person named as the Special Counsel “shall be a lawyer with a reputation for integrity and impartial decision making, and with appropriate experience to ensure both that the investigation will be conducted ably, expeditiously and thoroughly, and that investigative and prosecutorial decisions will be supported by an informed understanding of the criminal law and Department of Justice policies. The Special Counsel shall be selected from outside the United States Government.”  The regulation further provides that the Special Counsel’s responsibilities “shall take first precedence in their professional lives, and that it may be necessary to devote their full time to the investigation, depending on its complexity and the stage of the investigation.”

On July 24, 2019, Democrats staged vivid and irrefutable proof that the appointment of Robert Mueller came to violate these principles.  Watching even a few minutes of the hearing testimony, it swiftly became apparent that the stammering and confused Robert Mueller lacked even a basic understanding of the underlying facts of the Russia collusion investigation.

How, for example, could anyone following the story not be familiar with Fusion GPS?  It was clear that Mueller didn’t write the report as he seemed to read for the first time excerpts cited by interrogators.  He didn’t know what was and was not in the report.  He didn’t write his letter to AG Barr complaining about Barr’s summary of the underlying conclusions.  He didn’t write his script in the May 2019 press conference.  Mueller can’t keep his story straight about whether he would have indicted the president but for the Justice Department Policy prohibiting the indictment of a sitting president.  He didn’t even know that one of his top attorneys who headed up the Papadopoulos investigation (Jeannie Rhee) actually represented Hillary Clinton in litigation over emails.

So I’ll ask this again:  How long has he been like this? ...