Conflict Of Interest? He’s Being Called To Resign For Breaking Federal Law — Should He?

It remains a viable theory that the whole Trump-Russia issue is nothing more than a smoke-screen created by anxious Democrats concerned that some of their own party members may have been involved in some serious felonies. And this extends beyond just Hillary to other prominent members of that political party.

The idea is to get enough attention focused on what might have happened between the Trump campaign and Russia so that news of crimes alleged to have been committed by Democrats would get less attention. If that strategy is being employed, it’s not likely to work as there is one President Trump and a whole bunch of Democrats who are potentially in hot water.

And even the investigation of President Trump by Special Counsel Mueller is in trouble. It would appear that Mueller may have a disqualifying conflict of interest issue due to his friendship and association with former FBI director Comey. House Judiciary Committee member Franks has now called on Mueller to resign.

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“Republican Arizona Rep. Trent Franks says that Robert Mueller is in ‘clear violation’ of federal law prohibiting a special counsel from having a conflict of interest and therefore must immediately resign as special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation.

“Mueller’s reported friendship with former FBI director James Comey presents a clear conflict of interest, according to Franks, who is a senior member on the House Judiciary Committee. Federal law defines a conflict of interest as: ‘a personal relationship with any person substantially involved in the conduct that is the subject of the investigation or prosecution.’

“‘Bob Mueller is in clear violation of federal code and must resign to maintain the integrity of the investigation into alleged Russian ties. Those who worked under them have attested he and Jim Comey possess a close friendship, and they have delivered on-the-record statements effusing praise of one another,’ said Franks.

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“No one knows Mr. Mueller’s true intentions, but neither can anyone dispute that he now clearly appears to be a partisan arbiter of justice. Accordingly, the law is also explicitly clear: he must step down based on this conflict of interest.”

And that’s not the only problem with this investigation. We are already aware that Mueller is loading up his staff with Clinton campaign contributors. While perhaps not a disqualifying factor, if there is a time for bipartisanship, or non-partisanship, should it not be in the investigation into possible criminal conduct? Can Mueller only find Democrats who are qualified and willing to serve? It does no one any good for an investigation to descend into a political witch hunt.

Franks continues saying that “[u]ntil Mueller resigns, he will be in clear violation of the law, a reality that fundamentally undermines his role as Special Counsel and attending ability to execute the law.”

The problem with this probe is the person leading it. Regardless of what result would be returned, if Mueller remains in charge, its findings will be suspect. Conflicts of interest combined with questionable staffing choices show that impartiality is not a priority for Mr. Mueller.

It’s time to reset and start over, or conclude there is nothing to the allegations against the Trump campaign team in the first place and drop the whole issue.

Source: Daily Caller

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