As Americans wade through daily news full of mounting sexual harassment allegations, ongoing atrocities in North Korea, and flip-flopping details of the new tax plan, many wonder if Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian involvement in the 2016 US elections should be put to rest. However, in light of recent developments, some Republicans are calling for an investigation into the investigator.
Mueller was appointed in May as special counsel to examine possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, in an effort to sway the election. To date, Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman, and George Papadopoulos, former foreign policy advisor, have been charged in the case. This month, former national security advisor, retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn admitted to lying to FBI agents when he denied asking the Russian Ambassador to interfere with a United Nations Security Council pending resolution prior to Trump’s inauguration.
This week, The New York Times released texts from two FBI officials, paramours Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. The two exchanged several hundred politically-charged, anti-Trump messages between August 2015 and December 2016. During that time, Strzok was investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of her private email server while conducting official business for the State Department. Strzok, former deputy to the assistant director for counterintelligence, was fired from Mueller’s crew and is now employed in the FBIs human resources division. Page also had a brief stint on the Mueller team before returning to the FBI.
In a text sent by Strzok in March 2016, he said, “God, Hillary should win, 100,000,000 – 0.” The following month, Page sent a text, seemingly concerned about possible exposure, “So look, so you say we text on that phone when we talk about Hillary because it can’t be traced.” In June 2016, Strzok expressed his contempt for the US government, texting, “I LOATHE Congress.”
According to Fox News, Jerry Nadler (D-NY) downplayed the significance of the Strzok-Page texts, saying “Peter Strzok wasn’t saying anything about Donald Trump that the majority of Americans weren’t also thinking.” However, critics point out that average Americans were not heading up serious investigations against a presidential candidate.
Dan Weber, President of AMAC, the Association of Mature American Citizens noted, “The illicit relationship between Strzok and Page put the entire Mueller probe at risk and opened it up to threats of blackmail and extortion. But the text message exchanges should be a glaring red flag over the bias held by the Clinton investigators.”
To date, the Mueller investigation has cost $6.7 million, according to statement of expenditures from the Department of Justice released on December 12, 2017. However, so far it has not come close to the cost of Kenneth Starr’s investigation into the Bill and Hillary Clinton land deal, dubbed Whitewater – that led to the investigation into the President’s extramarital affair with Monica Lewinsky – that resulted in the impeachment of Bill Clinton – that ultimately cost taxpayers more than $70 million.