Friday, June 7, 2019

UPDATED: Ken Starr: Mueller Has Put His Integrity In Play

Ken Starr made a great point on Hannity last night. This arose in the context of Mark Meadows' remarks regarding Mueller's omissions and misstatements in his Dossier, and the fact that Mueller never questioned the origin of the Steele "dossier", which everyone knows is "made up." 

When Starr's turn came, Starr went right to Mueller's parting shot, no questions, press conference and the question of Mueller's--and of Team Mueller's--integrity.

In the leadup to Starr's remarks Hannity dwelt on the outrageous bias of Mueller's hires to his Team--citing Andrew Weissmann and Jeannie Rhee--contrasting that with the graciousness of Barr in bailing Mueller out for his misleading remarks. Hannity remarks that Barr pulled Mueller's "sorry you-know-what" out of the fire. Starr laughs, then, still laughing:

STARR: I look forward to Bill Barr being able to speak without the encumbrance of being the Attorney General of the United States, because I think we're going to hear a lot. 
But here's my fundamental point. In [Mueller's] statement to the American people saying essentially, "This is my farewell, this is the last thing I'm going to say"--I hope it's not, I hope he will be subpoenaed if necessary--Bob Mueller said, "I'm paying tribute to the integrity of the people who worked for me." He has put, by his own words, the integrity in play.

Is this the cue for Lindsey Graham at some point? To subpoena Mueller and challenge his integrity and that of his hires.? Starr seems to think so, because he closed by pointing out that when his own integrity was challenged he voluntarily testified to Congress.

UPDATE: Speaking of integrity, who thinks Mueller wants to answer questions about this (below) under oath:

Paul Sperry‏

Mueller seized and searched his star "collusion" witness Nader's computer in January 2018, yet never charged him w child-porn trafficking or referred such charges to US attorney. A federal criminal attorney told me: "There's no way he could not have known"

12:05 PM - 7 Jun 2019


  1. Seems to me Mueller gave up all claims to integrity a long time ago. Hiring Andrew Weissmann, after what he pulled at Enron? As I heard Mueller talk, my overall impression was that he isn't very bright. His logic was convoluted, to say the least.

    I won't ever be able to say for sure, but my suspicion is that Weissmann ran the show. Mueller was an amiable dunce, ex-Marine, ex-FBI. Additional 'proof' that Mueller is more or less brain dead is the fact that, apparently, he believes in the legitimacy of the Steele Dossier. Really?

    I got a kick out of Barr, who, when asked about Mueller's so-called letter, said it was snitty, not written by Mueller, but an underling. Said underling was the same underling who (most likely) wrote the second half of the Mueller Report: Andrew Weissmann, a man, who, by my lights, should be in prison.

    My sense is Mueller can't string two sentences together. That he rose to the top in government only goes to show you how smart the talent pool in Washington actually is.

    Sorry about the tone here, but these folks have me steamed. I'm still worried they're all going to walk.

    1. Don't forget about Jeannie Rhee. She was Hillary Clinton’s and the Clinton Foundation’s personal attorney only one or two years prior to joining Team Mueller.

      Rhee defended the Clinton Foundation against a claim of racketeering. And she defended Hillary Clinton when she was under FBI investigation for transmitting classified information through an unsecure, private email server while she was secretary of state.

  2. One consequence of Robert Mueller packing his staff with only Trump-haters is that there is not even one fault-finder.

    Since Mueller has published his report, however, it has been studied by many fault-finders. The exposures of faults will continue, gradually discrediting Mueller and his report among even other Trump-haters.

    1. Absolutely. If balanced conclusions is what Mueller was after, he went about it in entirely the wrong way. But his past suggests that he's never been about balance. I recall that Mueller stated in 2014 at Georgetown Law School: "I became a prosecutor because I like putting people in jail." That's a direct quote, and it signifies a person who is fundamentally lacking in balance--among other basic human qualities. Exactly the wrong kind of person you want as a prosecutor or investigator.

    2. but a perfect USSR bureaucrat circa 1975-1985. I read a few months ago that G W Bush supposedly asked his FBI chief whether he had the right man (regarding Steven Hatfill and the Anthrax saga). If true then I presume that Mueller considers his response a sure sign of his gargantuan integrity - after all he didn't open an "obstruction of justice" investigation (well I think he didn't but who knows nowadays). My how times change.

    3. Yes there were people at the time who questioned Mueller's judgment, and he dismissed their views.