In a recent interview with “Fox & Friends,” President Donald Trump described the personal relationship between former FBI Director James Comey and Robert Mueller, the special counsel in charge of investigating the Trump White House, as “very bothersome.”
He is absolutely right.
“Robert Mueller is an honorable man and hopefully he’ll come up with an honorable conclusion,” Trump said Friday, but admitted he was concerned because Mueller and Comey are “very, very good friends.” Trump also criticized those who have joined Mueller’s investigation.
Mueller, the special counsel appointed to lead the investigation into possible connections between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia, has beefed up his investigation team with attorneys who have worked on everything from Watergate and Enron, CNN reports.
However, that team is filled with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama supporters. Add that to the very close relationship Comey and Mueller have, and you have a recipe for absolute bias.
“I can say that the people that have been hired are all Hillary Clinton supporters, some of them worked for Hillary Clinton,” Trump stated in the interview. “I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous if you want to know the truth.”
The makeup of the investigation team is cause for concern and, as Trump described, “ridiculous.” For an impartial investigation to take place, Mueller should not have joined forces with those who opposed the President during the election cycle.
Politico profiled Mueller and Comey’s relationship in a May article titled, “What Donald Trump Needs to Know About Bob Mueller and Jim Comey.” It’s subtitle: “The two men who could bring down the president have been preparing their entire lives for this moment.”
In the piece, Garret M. Graff writes, that “Comey…. treated Mueller as a close friend and almost mentor. The men had known each other for years as each rose into the small, elite fraternity of prosecutors at the top of the Justice Department.”
Graff, who wrote a biography of Mueller titled “The Threat Matrix: Inside Robert Mueller’s FBI and the War on Global Terror, ” compares the two former FBI directors’ work tactics stating, “They are alike in many ways…Both men are also smart inside fighters: They document everything, draft memos carefully and enlist allies who matter.”
The relationship is something that Trump is right to question, as his allies have. This investigation is based on unfounded accusations and requires a team that does not have a personal stake in the outcome.
We will see if Mueller stands up to his reputation of being, “a respected, nonpartisan and fiercely apolitical public servant whose only lifetime motivation has been the search for justice,” as Graff claimed.
Justice must be served, and it must be served without ulterior motives.
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