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Friday, May 04, 2018

Mueller and Bulger

A little history: FBI Director, James Comey, along with he heads of two Obama-era intelligence agencies, James Clapper and John Brennan, set up Donald Trump using an opposition research "dossier" paid for by the Clinton campaign in collusion with Russian sources, and then leaked their discussions to the trained hamsters of the media. At the recommendation of the DoJ, Trump fired Comey. and the rush for a special prosecutor was on. Each of the four constituencies pushed for a special counsel, not to investigate the Clinton Campaign's work with Russian sources on the phony dossier, nor to investigate the FBI's sham investigation of Clinton's emails, nor to better understand why the Clinton Foundation's finances and contributors were so murky ... heavens no! Rather the special counsel was appointed to investigate the specious, evidence-free claim that the Trump Campaign colluded with the Russians.

Each of the four constituencies suggested that we needed a man of impeccable character, ethics, and reputation -- a man like Robert Mueller. They implied that Mueller was the real-life equivalent of the cartoon character, "Dudley Do Right" — an unimpeachable law enforcement type.

Like most things that the four constituencies told us, it was all B.S.

In a fascinating article (read the whole thing) written by Harvard law professor, Alan Dershowitz, a little of Special Counsel, Robert Meuller's background is revealed.

First, some background: In recent years the exploits of Boston gangster, Whitey Bulger, have been popularized in movies such as The Departed and Black Mass. Like many thugs of his era, Bulger was a murderer and a psychopath, but he was also in bed with the FBI.

Dershowitz writes:
Consider the issue of criticizing Robert Mueller, the special counsel. Any criticism or even skepticism regarding Mueller’s history is seen as motivated by a desire to help Trump. Mueller was an assistant U.S. attorney in Boston, the head of its criminal division, the head of the criminal division in Main Justice, and the director of the FBI during the most scandalous miscarriage of justice in the modern history of the FBI. [emphasis mine] Four innocent people were framed by the FBI to protect mass murdering gangsters who were working as FBI informers while they were killing innocent people. An FBI agent, who is now in prison, was tipping off Whitey Bulger as to who might testify against him so that these individuals could be killed. He also tipped off Bulger, allowing him to escape and remain on the lam for 16 years.

What responsibility, if any, did Mueller, who was in key positions of authority and capable of preventing these horrible miscarriages, have in this sordid incident? A former member of the parole board — a liberal Democrat who also served as mayor of Springfield, Mass. — swears he saw a letter from Mueller urging the denial of release for at least one of these wrongfully convicted defendants. When he went back to retrieve the letter, it was not in the file. This should surprise no one since Judge Mark Wolf (himself a former prosecutor), who conducted extensive hearings about this entire mess, made the following findings:

The files relating to the Wheeler murder, and the FBI's handling of them, exemplify recurring irregularities with regard to the preparation, maintenance, and production in this case of documents damaging to Flemmi and Bulger. First, there appears to be a pattern of false statements placed in Flemmi's informant file to divert attention from his possible crimes and/or FBI misconduct….

Second, contrary to the FBI's usual policy and practice, all but one of the reports containing Halloran's allegations against Bulger and Flemmi were not indexed and placed in an investigative file referencing their names. Thus, those documents were not discoverable by a standard search of the FBI's indices. Similar irregularities in indexing and, therefore, access occurred with regard to information that the FBI received concerning an extortion by Bulger of Hobart Willis and from Joseph Murray concerning the murder of Brian Halloran, among other things.

Third, when documents damaging to the FBI were found by the Bureau, they were in some instances not produced to the defendants or the court at the time required by the court's Orders.
Wolf also made a finding that directly references Mueller’s state of knowledge regarding the “history”:
“The source also claimed to have information that Bulger and Pat Nee had murdered Halloran and Bucky Barrett. The source subsequently said that there was an eyewitness to the Halloran shooting who might come forward, and elaborated that: 'there is a person named John, who claims he talked to Whitey and Nee as they sat in the car waiting for Halloran on Northern Avenue. He sits in a bar and talks about it. He saw the whole operation.” The source added that the person providing the information to the source “will be willing to talk to you (authorities) soon.” On Feb. 3, 1988, Weld directed Keeney to have the information that he had received sent to the United States Attorney in Boston, Frank McNamara, and to the strike force chief, O'Sullivan. Weld added that: “Both O'Sullivan and [Assistant United States Attorney] Bob Mueller are well aware of the history, and the information sounds good.”

It is not beyond the realm of possibility therefore that Mueller wrote this letter, even if it is no longer in the files. If in fact Mueller wrote such a letter, without thoroughly investigating the circumstances, he surely bears some responsibility. Moreover, it is widely believed among Boston law enforcement observers the FBI was not really looking for Bulger during the years Mueller was its director. It is believed the FBI was fearful about what Bulger would disclose about his relationship with agents over the years. It took a member of the U.S. Marshall’s office to find Bulger, who was hiding in plain view in Santa Monica, Calif.
Now ... one could, I suppose, argue that all of this is ancient history, that going back 20 or 30 or even 40 years isn't fair. But that's exactly what Mueller is now doing in his never-ending, no-boundaries investigation of Trump.

The Democrats and their trained hamsters in the media are perfectly willing to allow a decade-old alleged affair with a porn star to become a major story. You'd think they might have some interest in a 40-year old alleged corruption scandal that just might impeach the ethics and veracity of the special counsel. You'd be wrong.