As the grand architect of the RussiaGate investigation, one could see why Robert Mueller would be annoyed at this very moment in time. His ruse is unraveling in a very public manner under the constant pressure being applied by Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr.
Mueller was in charge of the 22-month-long, $25 million investigation into the theory that Donald Trump was some sort of Kremlin double agent. At the end of the folly, there were no charges for the President, and those who did find themselves charged were heading up the creek for process crimes or perjury…not for espionage or treason as was Mueller’s focus.
One such man, Roger Stone, has now had his sentence commuted by President Trump…and Special Counsel Mueller is not happy about it.
“Stone was prosecuted and convicted because he committed federal crimes. He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so,” Mueller said in an op-ed published by The Washington Post.
His op-ed defends both the decision to prosecute Stone, as well as the overarching investigation that Republicans and the president have repeatedly denounced. Mueller said he felt “compelled to respond both to broad claims that our investigation was illegitimate and our motives were improper.”
“The Russia investigation was of paramount importance,” he added. He went on to indirectly address Republicans’ accusations that the investigation was led by crooked actors within the Justice Department (DOJ). “The women and men who conducted these investigations and prosecutions acted with the highest integrity. Claims to the contrary are false,” he said.
Mueller has been largely a sideline figure, at least as far as the press is concerned, with this marking perhaps only the third time that he has spoken publicly on the matter.