Robert S. Mueller
|Robert S. Mueller|
|6th Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation|
From: September 4, 2001 – September 4, 2013
Robert Swan Mueller III (born August 7, 1944) was FBI director from 2001 until 2013. In May 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election and if collusion existed between the Russian government and Donald Trump's 2016 campaign for president. Mueller was appointed to a ten-year term as FBI director by President George W. Bush. His term was extended by President Barack Obama. Mueller is a central figure in both the Uranium One bribery scandal and the Trump-Russia investigation.
Although by law the position of FBI Director is limited to 10 years, in 2011 when Dir. Mueller's term expired there was widespread mistrust of President Obama's ability to appoint a new director to a 10-year term. A myriad of questionable associations and dealings within the Obama administration went unresolved. The old Independent Counsel law lapsed, which required a panel of 3 judges to appoint an independent counsel. Under existing law Eric Holder would have to appoint a Special Counsel to prosecute himself after he was held in contempt of Congress for obstructing the Fast and Furious investigation.
With a bi-partisan consensus, Mueller was asked to stay on an additional two-years unless or until Obama received a mandate in the 2012 Presidential election. Upon re-election, Obama appointed James Comey to a full ten-year term, who subsequently was fired by President Donald Trump for mishandling of the Hillary Clinton email scandal which brought the Federal Bureau of Investigation into widespread disrepute among Clinton supporters and opponents, the Congress, and the public at large.
Background and career
Mueller served as US Attorney for the Districts of Northern California and Massachusetts and as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Department of Justice's Criminal Division. Director Mueller has experience in the private practice of law and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. For three years, he also served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. Director Mueller holds a bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University, a master's degree in international relations from New York University, and a law degree from the University of Virginia.
Mueller was appointed director by President George W. Bush because of his role in covering up negative publicity about corruption in the FBI Boston field office, and their relationship with the criminal gang run by mafia kingpin Whitey Bulger. Mueller was known to target journalists and public officials who exposed the corruption. As luck would have it, days after being sworn in as director, the 9/11 attack occurred, and the focus on FBI corruption took a backseat as the public looked to the FBI to protect them from future terrorist attacks and Congress expanded the FBI's domestic surveillance powers.
Whitey Bulger was convicted at the age of 81 of 19 murders during his lifetime career as a Boston crime boss. The actual number of killings Bulger was responsible for is likely much higher. Bulger was an FBI informant against a rival gang, and Robert Mueller was cited as a defense witness on Bulger's witness list. Bulger spent sixteen years on the run as number two on the FBI Most Wanted list, behind Osama bin Laden. While on the run witnesses and evidence against Bulger continued to disappear.
A commission member of the Massachusetts parole and pardons board claimed four members of a rival gang had been framed by the FBI and Bulger for a 1965 gangland killing, and were unjustly convicted. Mueller, as Assistant US Attorney and Acting US Attorney, opposed clemency throughout the 1980s for the four innocent men framed by the FBI. Meanwhile Bulger's career as a crime boss and FBI informant flourished, with Mueller and the FBI removing his rivals from the streets. Exculpatory witnesses for the innocent men were murdered.
The commissioner who maintained the four were innocent, framed by the FBI, and kept in prison by Mueller, was elected mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts in 1995. The new mayor and his administration found themselves targets of Mueller and the FBI in public corruption probes.
In 2001 the four men were fully exonerated and compensated $100 million. The four had bern framed to protect another FBI informant whose brother did the actual killing. Two of the innocent men died in prison. The same year Mueller, who covered up FBI and DOJ abuses in Boston for two decades, was appointed FBI director.
Mueller was confirmed as Director of the FBI by the Senate on August 2, 2001. He took the oath of office on September 4, 2001.
On February 8, 2012 Mueller met with representatives from ISNA, MPAC, and other Islamic organizations to discuss purging 'Islamophobic' materials from FBI training manuals. ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) has been identified by DOJ in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial of 2007-2008 as a front for international terrorist organizations. MPAC (Muslim Public Affairs Council) has been criticized for publications defending terrorist organizations. Dr. Sebastian Gorka is among those individuals blacklisted by these organizations and the FBI.
Shortly before finishing his 12 year tenure Mueller told a Congressional committee that 9/11 hijackers were under FISA surveillance, a fact unknown and unreported by the 9/11 investigating Commission and omitted from the 9/11 Commission Report.
In September 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arranged with the Russian government of Vladimir Putin for Robert Mueller to fly to Moscow and personally return 10 grams of highly enriched uranium (HEU) that the Department of Energy seized in a nuclear smuggling sting operation, which had been stolen from a Russian facility. Russian investigaters needed the HEU returned so as to identify which facility it was stolen from.
- Main article: Uranium One bribery scandal
In 2009, the FBI began an investigation into corruption and extortion by senior managers of Tenex, a subsidiary of Rosatom, a Russian nuclear entity. Robert Mueller was Director when the FBI the investigation into the Rosatom subsidiary was undertaken.
The investigation was an intelligence probe into Russian nuclear officials. Mueller's investigation obtained an eyewitness, William Campbell, known as Confidential Source-1 (CS-1) in documents, recordings, and emails. The evidence indicates Russian nuclear officials sent millions of dollars destined for the Clinton Foundation during Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's tenure on the Committee on Foreign Investment of the United States (CFIUS). CFIUS is the government body that provided the approval of the sale of Uranium One to Rosatom.
During the investigation, federal agents attempted to turn Vadim Mikerin on his bosses by showing him the evidence the FBI collected of relationships between “shell companies and other Russian energy officials, including President Vladimir Putin.” Mikerin refused and was arrested on charges of conspiracy to extort kickbacks for contracts to transport uranium from dismantled Russian warheads to power plants within the United States. The investigation found kickbacks paid in cash and foreign wire transfers. From April 2009 to April 2011, the wire transfers went to Wiser Trading, registered in the Seychelles. From July 2011 to July 2013 - to the British Leila Global Limited account in a Latvian bank. And from August 2013 to May 2014 - to Ollins Development in the British Virgin Islands.
Director of British Leila Global Denny Banger, a Latvian citizen, appeared as a nominal director in a hundred organizations. Latvian journalists participating in the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), found Banger. He was listed as the head of several firms related to the "Magnitsky case".
TASS reported "the US authorities tried to exert pressure on Mikerin and persuade him to secretly cooperate against Russia." Mikerin's arrest was scheduled for early summer, but later in August the decision was overturned by prosecutors Rod Rosenstein and Adam Aik. On October 17, 2017 The Hill reported that
the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.On October 18, 2017 calls for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's resignation in the Trump-Russia collusion hoax mounted over evidence tampering in the Uranium One bribery scandal and the Clinton Foundation. The New York Post reported on Obama FBI and DOJ cover up of Russian crimes. Attn. Gen. Loretta Lynch blocked an Campbell, the FBI informant, from testifying to Congress about his information that the Russian's wanted access to Bill and Hillary Clinton to influence the decision on the purchase of Uranium One. The next day Newsweek reported
Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.
They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton's charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.
The racketeering scheme was conducted “with the consent of higher level officials” in Russia who “shared the proceeds” from the kickbacks, one agent declared in an affidavit years later.
Rather than bring immediate charges in 2010, however, the Department of Justice (DOJ) continued investigating the matter for nearly four more years, essentially leaving the American public and Congress in the dark about Russian nuclear corruption on U.S. soil during a period when the Obama administration made two major decisions benefiting Putin’s commercial nuclear ambitions...Attorney General Eric Holder was among the Obama administration officials joining Hillary Clinton on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States at the time the Uranium One deal was approved. Multiple current and former government officials told The Hill they did not know whether the FBI or DOJ ever alerted committee members to the criminal activity they uncovered.
Before the [Uranium One] deal was brokered in 2009, the FBI under Robert Mueller—who is now special counsel in the Russia investigation into potential collusion with the Trump campaign—had begun an investigation into corruption and extortion by senior managers of a company owned by the Russian government’s nuclear company, Rosatom. According to court filings revealed by The Hill Tuesday, in 2009 the FBI found enough evidence to suggest Vadim Mikerin, who headed the Rosatom subsidiary Tenex, was corrupt and high-level officials at Rosatom knew about his bribery scheme. In 2014, he pled guilty in a U.S. court case to orchestrating more than $2 million in bribe payments through shadowy accounts in Cyprus, Latvia, and Switzerland.
The House Oversight Committee began an investigation into Obama administration criminal activity involving Mueller, Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, et al in relation to the bribery scam and national security breach that occurred when they approved the purchase of US uranium reserves by Russian oligarchs who were under criminal investigation by the FBI for extortion and money laundering.
In the wake of James Comey's firing, Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller as a special counsel to take over the FBI's counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign and administration. The investigation now also became a criminal probe, alleging Trump fired Comey to obsruct justice.
Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was already under internal investigation for conflicts of interest in both the Clinton email scandal and the FBI's Russia investigation, became Acting FBI Director. McCabe latter was fired and faced criminal prosecution. Ironically, Trump interviewed Mueller as Comey's replacement the day before Rosenstein appointed him Special Counsel.
- "Robert Mueller appointed special counsel", CBS News, May 17, 2017
- The AP identified 11 killers believed to have committed 52 murders while under the Bureau’s protection from the 1960s to the mid-1990s. https://www.aim.org/aim-report/aim-report-did-mueller-know-hoovers-dark-secret/
- Government’s Response to Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss for Pre-Indictment Delay, United States v. Vadim Mikerin, Criminal No. TDC-14-0529 (D. MD) at 1. http://fcpa.stanford.edu/enforcement-action.html?id=583
- Joel Schectman, U.S. sentences Russian nuclear official to four years for bribe scheme, Reuters (Dec. 15, 2015). The “Megatons to Megawatts” program converted uranium from thousands of Russian nuclear warheads for civilian use in U.S.nuclear power plants.
- Banger played on a basketball team for a Latvian company and told reporters someone used his personal information without his knowledge. The front companies identified in the Mikeran indictment are firms that receive money for third parties and transfer them for a fee, according to a partner of Paragon Advisory Group, Alexander Zakharov. They serve the interests of a different set of people.
- Multiple references:
- Ex-Mueller aides' texts revealed: Read them here. Fox News. December 13, 2017. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
- Singman, Brooke (December 7, 2017). Top Mueller investigator's Democratic ties raise new bias questions. Fox News. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
- Anti-Trump bias exposed in Mueller probe. Fox News. December 5, 2017. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
- Chamberlain, Samuel (December 12, 2018). 'F TRUMP': Texts between ex-Mueller team members emerge, calling Trump 'loathsome human,' 'an idiot'. Fox News. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
- Wong, Kristina (December 13, 2017). Deepstate: FBI Agents Texted About Protecting Country Against Trump. Breitbart News. Retrieved January 5, 2018.