While the Washington establishment is embroiled in another partisan witch-hunt, a bombshell discloser by a conservative watchdog group is being virtually ignored by the mainstream media.
E-mails released through a Freedom of Information Act requested by Judicial Watch seems to implicate that former special counsel Robert Mueller was less then forthcoming when he appeared on Capitol Hill testifying under oath when asked if he was actively pursuing the job as FBI Director, while at the same time knowing that he might also be tagged as special counsel investigating the President.
In an extraordinary May 12th, 2017 E-mail exchange, then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said: “The boss and his staff do not know about our discussions.”
The “boss” was then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who had recused himself from the Russia probe, meaning that the President most likely didn’t know that Rosenstein and Mueller had discussed the possibility that Mueller would be picked as special counsel if he wasn’t chosen by the President as the next FBI Director.
A source close to Rosenstein acknowledged to Fox News that the former Deputy Attorney General had confidential conversations with Mueller about whether he would be willing to serve as special counsel if required. These conversations began on May 12th, 2017, prior to Mueller’s meeting with the President on May 16th, 2017, allegedly for a job interview.
The May 16th date is significant because just days before FBI Director James Comey had been fired, and unbeknownst to the President after he passed on Mueller as FBI Director, the 75-year old, former Marine would be appointed as special counsel the very next day overseeing the Trump-Russia probe.
The appointment of Mueller raised the obvious issue that there was indeed a conflict of interest and perhaps a sense of “getting even” after he was passed over. Moreover, the President raised those exact same concerns arguing time and again that Mueller should never have accepted the job as special counsel, in the first place.
However, the incriminating E-mails just released paints a different picture of just how deceptive both Rosenstein and Mueller were.
Moreover, in Mueller’s case, the E-mails suggest he may have actually committed perjury in his testimony before a congressional committee in July, when he claimed he wasn’t interviewing for the job as FBI Director, stating he was merely giving the President “input” regarding the position
“My understanding was I was not applying for the job,” Mueller said on July 24th. “I was asked to give my input on what it would take to do the job.”
However, John Dowd, who served as the President’s attorney during the probe, ripped Mueller for meeting with Trump, calling it the “most dishonorable conduct I have ever witnessed.” He added, “Capt. Robert Mueller, USMC, sits in front of his commander-in-chief being interviewed for FBI director knowing he is going to investigate the President and never says a word.”
The President himself has claimed there were “numerous witnesses” to the meeting.
“It has been reported that Robert Mueller is saying that he did not apply and interview for the job of FBI Director (and get turned down) the day before he was wrongfully appointed Special Counsel” Trump tweeted the day of Mueller’s Capitol Hill testimony. “Hope he doesn’t say that under oath in that we have numerous witnesses to the interview, including the Vice President of the United States!”
The E-mails obtained by Judicial Watch certainly establishes that Mueller had a substantial conflict of interest, and should never have been appointed as special counsel. Which brings us back to a very clever and slippery Rod Rosenstein, who as thus far managed to stay a few steps ahead of Attorney General Barr, or has he?