Two significant events occurred this week in the never-ending drama of special counsel Robert Mueller and the FBI.
First Mueller announced that he wants the Justice Department to assign more prosecutors and FBI agents to his investigation team, though he stopped short of explaining why.
Speaking Friday with Fox News host Brian Kilmeade, legal scholar Jonathan Turley speculated that either he’s “shutting down and farming out cases” or “ramping up” his efforts against President Donald Trump.
“The greatest danger for the Trump team is that this is going to metastasize. That this is going to go to districts like the southern district of New York. It’s going to be very hard to get that cat to walk backwards once you send this to other offices,” he said.
“What is clear is that he has found what he believes are real crimes, and those crimes could be prosecuted by other offices.”
The problem is that the crimes Mueller has rooted out thus far have had nothing whatsoever to do with the president’s 2016 election campaign. The special counsel’s investigation was launched specifically to uncover alleged collusion between Trump’s campaign and the Russians. Yet to this day Mueller has found nothing to prove this narrative.
Listen to the whole discussion between Kilmeade and Turley below:
Another issue is that the only actual corruption that’s actually been found thus far is the corruption by Peter Strzok, the top-level agent who led the FBI’s bungled investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton later assisted Mueller in his investigation.
Strzok was removed from Mueller’s team after it was learned that he had exchanged text messages with another FBI official in which he’d pledged to stop Trump from being elected president of the United States.
Just this week Strzok’s attorneys revealed that he may ignore a House subpoena and not show up next Tuesday to testify to Congress about his corrupt actions.
“[We] have come to the conclusion … that this is not a search for truth, it is a chance for Republican members of the House to preen and posture before their most radical, conspiracy-minded constituents,” they said.
And even if Strzok were to show up, it’s most likely he’d simply lead the fifth, according to Turley.
The disturbing link between Mueller’s announcement and Strzok’s pledge was not lost on Kilmeade.
“It was like he was the only guy at the FBI,” he said Friday. He’s part of the Hillary interview, he’s part of the Michael Flynn interview, he’s part of the Russia investigation, leading the way almost the entire time. He contaminated everything he touched, you could argue. Meanwhile, Robert Mueller is moving ahead, asking with more prosecutors with the growing Trump probe.”
For Mueller to demand his team be expanded during the same week that one of his former team members revealed he may spurn a congressional subpoena speaks to the special counselor’s stunning arrogance.
But it also speaks to the pressure Strzok may be facing from others in the Justice Department, including possibly Mueller, who seemingly prefer he remain silent.
“Peter Strzok is at the epicenter of just about everything … He might write his memoirs one day, but I think the FBI would be testifying if he were testifying, saying, ‘You can’t say this, you can’t say that,'” argued former FBI Assistant Director Chris Swecker during an appearance Thursday on Fox News.
So what are Americans who want the truth to do? Wait until the Inspector General of the Justice Department reveals his next report, Swecker argued.
“I think the next IG report will be very revealing. That’s going to deal with the Russia/Trump investigation,” he said.
In the meantime, there’s at least a smidgen of good news regarding Strzok. According to Swecker, the disgraced FBI agent is currently on “garden leave,” and chances are he’ll soon be fired.