The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board raised the stakes regarding special counsel Robert Mueller’s biased and accident-laden probe of the Russia-Trump collusion investigation on Thursday; publishing a brutal op-ed that slammed the “conflicted” probe.
The article, titled “Mueller’s Credibility Problem,” points out a series of conflicts-of-interest surrounding the investigation, noting Robert Mueller’s relationship with former FBI director James Comey as well as recent revelations of anti-Trump biases held by senior officials and FBI agents close to the case.
“All of this reinforces our doubts about Mr. Mueller’s ability to conduct a fair and credible probe of the FBI’s considerable part in the Russia-Trump drama,” writes the editorial board. “Mr. Mueller ran the bureau for 12 years and is fast friends with Mr. Comey, whose firing by Mr. Trump triggered his appointment as special counsel. The reluctance to cooperate with a congressional inquiry compounds doubts related to this clear conflict of interest.”
“The latest news supports our view that Mr. Mueller is too conflicted to investigate the FBI and should step down in favor of someone more credible,” the op-ed adds. “The investigation would surely continue, though perhaps with someone who doesn’t think his job includes protecting the FBI and Mr. Comey from answering questions about their role in the 2016 election.”
Mueller’s months-long probe has come under fire in recent days, as controversies emerge surrounding the investigators as well as official estimates that place the cost of the investigation upwards of $7 million.