Mueller told to Resign by Wall Street Journal Editorial Board




WSJ editorial: Mueller should resign, Clinton campaign and DNC colluded

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  • The Wall Street Journal's editorial board earlier this week accused Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic Party of colluding with Russia.
  • The board also called for the special counsel Robert Mueller to resign and for an investigation into the FBI's "role in Russia's election interference."
  • There is no evidence that the FBI, the Clinton campaign, or the Democratic Party colluded with Russia.

The Wall Street Journal's editorial board called this week for a full Russia investigation — not into President Donald Trump's campaign, but into the Democratic Party, the FBI, and the special counsel Robert Mueller.

"It turns out that Russia has sown distrust in the US political system — aided and abetted by the Democratic Party, and perhaps the FBI," the editorial began. "This is an about-face from the dominant media narrative of the last year, and it requires a full investigation."

The editorial board argued that a Washington Post report published Tuesday "revealed" that Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee hired the Perkins Coie law firm, which in turn retained the opposition-research firm Fusion GPS and funded a now infamous dossier containing salacious allegations about Trump's ties to Russia. The dossier was compiled by a former British spy, Christopher Steele, who has several deep Russian sources.

"Strip out the middlemen, and it appears that Democrats paid for Russians to compile wild allegations about a US presidential candidate," the editorial said. "Did someone say 'collusion'?"

Previous reports have said Democrats took over funding for the opposition research from anti-Trump Republicans after Trump won the GOP nomination. On Friday, lawyers for The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative-leaning publication, told the House Intelligence Committee that the outlet originally funded the dossier's production.

The FBI also before Election Day to continue paying Steele for his work, though the plan was terminated after BuzzFeed published the dossier in January.

The Journal's editorial board said revelations about who had financed the Steele dossier indicated that the "FBI's role in Russia's election interference must now be investigated."

James Comey. Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images

Mueller is a former FBI director who worked closely with James Comey. Mueller was appointed special counsel after Trump fired Comey as FBI director in May, and he is tasked with investigating Russia's interference in the 2019 US presidential election, as well as whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to tilt the election in his favor.

Comey was spearheading the bureau's Russia investigation in 2019, when it possessed the Steele dossier, the board said.

"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," The Journal's editorial board said. "He could best serve the country by resigning to prevent further political turmoil over that conflict of interest."

It said the revelations about who funded the Steele dossier posed a "troubling question" regarding the FBI's involvement in what it called a "Russian disinformation campaign."

"Did the dossier trigger the FBI probe of the Trump campaign, and did Mr. Comey or his agents use it as evidence to seek wiretapping approval from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Trump campaign aides?" the editorial said.

The board was most likely referring to CNN's report in April that the bureau used information in the dossier to support its request for a so-called FISA warrant targeting Carter Page, an early foreign-policy adviser to the Trump campaign.

Legal experts told Business Insider at the time, however, that CNN's report could indicate the FBI had enough confidence in the dossier's validity to work to corroborate it and present it in court.

And while the document contains several unproven allegations, previous reports have said the FBI is using it as a "roadmap" for its investigation. The Senate Intelligence Committee also disclosed earlier this month that it was able to "work backwards" to verify the document's allegations.

Nevertheless, The Journal's editorial board called for Congress to home in on the FBI's role in producing the dossier and to reinstate the embattled Rep. Devin Nunes as chair of the House Intelligence Committee. Nunes recused himself from the panel's Russia investigation after it emerged that he briefed the White House on classified information without telling his committee first.





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