aside Former US Attorneys Are Coming Forward To Back FBI’s Special Counsel Robert Mueller

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The republican President Donald Trump and his republican sycophants in the White House, the US Congress and the right wing media outlets have orchestrated a hard hitting campaign to discredit / destroy the reputation of the FBI and the Special Counsel Robert Mueller III in order to have the republicans’ base of loyal followers develop doubts about any of the negative reporting that is expected to be forthcoming, as a result of the FBI’s Trump/ Russia probe.

This campaign has been in the works for months (as per a Washington Post report, by which I will do a follow-up blog.) and it is purely politically motivated.

In response to these republicans outrageous actions, several former US attorneys are coming forward in defense of the FBI’s Special Counsel Mr. Mueller.

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Here is the rest of the story…

On December 22, 2017, of Jill Colvin of AP penned the following report published by ABC News, “Former US attorneys, GOP officials come to Mueller’s defense.”

“More than 40 former U.S. attorneys and Republican and conservative officials are pushing back against efforts to discredit the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.”

“In a pair of letters, the groups say Robert Mueller and his team must be allowed to continue their work, unimpeded.”

“The 22 former U.S. attorneys, who served under presidents from Richard Nixon through Barack Obama, say it is “critical” to the “interests of justice and public trust to ensure that those charged with conducting complex investigations are allowed to do their jobs free from interference or fear of reprisal.”

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“Seeking Mueller’s removal “would have severe repercussions for Americans’ sense of justice here at home and for our reputation for fairness around the world,” they wrote in a letter to President Donald Trump on Friday that was coordinated by Georgetown Law’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection.”

“Another letter signed by 22 Republican and conservative former members of Congress and other top U.S. officials says efforts to discredit Mueller’s work “undermine the institutions that protect the rule of law and so our nation.”

“We urge the Administration, members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, and the American public, to support the work of Special Counsel Mueller to its conclusion, whatever it may be,” reads the open letter signed by officials including former Defense Secretary  Chuck Hagel, former State Department counselor Eliot Cohen and former George W. Bush administration ethics lawyer Richard Painter.”

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“The letters come as Mueller’s team is facing heightened scrutiny in recent weeks following reports that two FBI officials who would later be assigned to the special counsel’s investigation called Trump an “idiot” and “loathsome human” in a series of text messages last year.”

“Peter Strzok, a veteran FBI counterintelligence agent, was removed from Mueller’s team over the summer following the discovery of text messages exchanged with Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer who was also detailed this year to the group of agents and prosecutors investigating potential coordination between Russia and Trump’s Republican campaign.”

“Allies of the president have seized on the messages and other details about Mueller’s team to allege it is biased against Trump.”

“Still, Trump and White House officials have said recently that he has no intention of firing Mueller. That decision that would likely be up to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed the special counsel.”

“Mueller’s investigation has so far netted charges against four people, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.”

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As per the 12/22/17 Hill report by John Bowden, “One letter, signed by 22 former U.S. attorneys representing every administration dating back to President Nixon’s, urges Trump to allow Mueller’s team to conclude its investigation free from “fear of reprisal.”

“We understand just how critical it is to the interests of justice and public trust to ensure that those charged with conducting complex investigations are allowed to do their jobs free from interference or fear of reprisal,” the attorneys wrote. “That is why we were gratified by your statement on Sunday that you do not intend to seek the removal of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.”

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“Seeking his removal would have severe repercussions for Americans’ sense of justice here at home and for our reputation for fairness around the world,” the letter adds.

“A separate letter organized by former Bush administration ethics lawyer Richard Painter is signed by 20 former Republican lawmakers and administration officials. They urge Trump, lawmakers and the American people “to support the work of Special Counsel Mueller to its conclusion, whatever it may be.”

“The letter also warns Trump against attempts to remove Attorney General Jeff Sessions or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in order to force Mueller’s firing.”

“Our concerns include not only firing Mueller, but other efforts to impair his work. For example, any attempt to remove the Deputy Attorney General or the Attorney General in order to replace them with individuals who would impede the Special Counsel’s activity must be rejected,” the letter from former GOP officials reads.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders fought back against reports that the president was considering removing the special counsel in an interview with Fox News on Thursday.

“For the one-thousandth time, we have no intentions of firing Bob Mueller,” Sanders said.

14 comments

    • Dear Rob,

      I agree. But now it seems that the president and his republican ditto-heads in the White House, the US Congress and the right wing media like Breitbart, InfoWars, FOX TV, and the WSJ editorial board have been in sync spreading the propaganda, “fake news” stories like the FBI has conducted a coup against the president; their agents are so biased that they cannot conduct a fair investigation; this FBI is acting worse than in the Watergate era.

      What is so sick is that this propaganda campaign is having success with the base republicans?

      Hugs, Gronda

      • I think the success of the Putin/Trump propaganda effort is largely due to willfulness.

        The Republican Party is corrupt from top to bottom. I’m convinced that Republicans know that Trump is a liar but they have made a commitment to treason. If they change their minds now they’d also have to admit that they are everything they say they hate.

        • Dear Rob,

          The president’s republican sycophants in the WH, the US Congress , etc, have been supporting a chronic liar, a braggart who openly admits he assaults women with impunity, a Russian asset, a man who is a clear and present danger to the US national security interests but they were able to pass their Donor class tax cut which benefits most of themselves.

          They don’t dare look at themselves in the mirror where they will see greedy, selfish, shallow jerks looking back.

          Hugs, Gronda

        • These people who call themselves republican leaders seem to have died inside. These soulless psychopaths feed on our ignorance and fear.

          Whatever they are they’re not Republicans. They are not American political leaders.

  1. Well done, Gronda, I can’t imagine what might happen if Trump or his henchmen sacked Mueller.

    I wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I’m taking the next 2-3 weeks off to rest and to make some decisions. Be well, dear!

    • Dear John Fioravanti,

      They would love to try and they are thinking about it but they don’t dare act just yet. At least that is what I am hoping.

      I return your best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and a splendid New Year’s celebration for you and your family for the next 2-3 weeks. Enjoy your rest and meditating for the future.

      Hugs, Gronda

  2. Gronda, it is truly great that people of integrity are coming forward to defend a man of integrity. As for those who are looking to condemn Mueller at the behest of Trump, my simple question is do they want to spend their reputation on the President? Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      We need more of this. We need the coalition of the decent to keep standing up for what is right to fight back those in power who have sold their souls to the sins of greed and selfishness. They have forgotten who really pays their salaries.

      They have already soiled their reputations.

      But for a few days, lets celebrate the holidays with joy and gratefulness, knowing that there are still decent folks out there who do care.

      Hugs, Gronda

  3. Dear Mz. Gronda,

    There are a lot of rumors floating around in the dark webb that the reason that Ryan shut down the HOR for an extra week is that during that period the tRump will finally take the action he has waited so long for, and that is simply to fire Mueller and have the Elf Sessions announce a new special prosecutor that will be investigating Ms. Clinton! What better time for him to do it, congress not in session, people out of touch visiting and enjoying the holiday, and his alleged victory with his tax cutting bill! Please tell me that this is not possible? This time I really hope the rumors are wrong…

  4. Dear Crustyolemothman,

    It is very possible. If these same players had their way, they would do what exactly what you described. But they may not as they know the consequences would not be pretty.

    Let’s hope they will not act so foolishly as this would be a “red line” that “we the people,” those with any sense of decency, cannot allow to succeed.

    Hugs, Gronda

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