Democrats have been claiming for over a year that President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign colluded with the Russians to defeat their candidate, the twice-failed Hillary Clinton.
So far, Special council Robert Mueller has not produced any evidence, and there will not be any because the investigation was initiated based on the fake Steele dossier. What the investigation did reveal is that the dossier was paid for by Hillary Clinton and the DNC.
Now, it’s been revealed that Special Counsel Robert Mueller also had Russian contacts.
It was the Hill that reported even Mueller’s “comrades” believe the relationships might be a conflict of interest.
“In 2009, when Mueller ran the FBI, the bureau asked Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska to spend millions of his own dollars funding an FBI-supervised operation to rescue a retired FBI agent, Robert Levinson, captured in Iran while working for the CIA in 2007,” the report said.
“Yes, that’s the same Deripaska who has surfaced in Mueller’s current investigation and who was recently sanctioned by the Trump administration.”
The Levinson mission was confirmed by “more than a dozen participants inside and outside the FBI, including Deripaska, his lawyer, the Levinson family and a retired agent who supervised the case,” the Hill said.
Levinson had disappeared several years earlier, and the U.S. was anxious to get him back.
However, American agents thought that politically it would be better for the U.S. work through a third party.
“One agent who helped court Deripaska was Andrew McCabe, the recently fired FBI deputy director who played a seminal role starting the Trump-Russia case, multiple sources confirm,” the Hill said.
The project eventually fell apart and Levinson remains is still missing, the report said.
The report said the FBI had three reasons for choosing Deripaska for a mission worthy of a spy novel.
“First, his aluminum empire had business in Iran. Second, the FBI wanted a foreigner to fund the operation because spending money in Iran might violate U.S. sanctions and other laws. Third, agents knew Deripaska had been banished since 2006 from the United States by State over reports he had ties to organized crime and other nefarious activities. He denies the allegations, and nothing was ever proven in court.”
The report said Deripaska was rewarded by being allowed back into the U.S., over and over.
Article author John Solomon noted Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz “told me he believes Mueller has a conflict of interest because his FBI previously accepted financial help from a Russian that is, at the very least, a witness in the current probe.”
Dershowitz said: “The real question becomes whether it was proper to leave him (Deripaska) out of the Manafort indictment, and whether that omission was to avoid the kind of transparency that is really required by the law.”
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