This post picks up from my last, covering Trump White House news from December 2017, sure to be revived this year.
In my previous post, I detailed the Democratic Party and Clinton connections of several people on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team.
Below is a continuation of who the people on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team are.
Mueller team and WilmerHale
It turns out that a number of people on his team have worked for the prominent Boston-Washington DC law firm WilmerHale. Hmm.
Mueller worked at WilmerHale:
According to the documents released by the Justice Department after CNN requested the disclosures, Mueller holds a roughly $3.5 million share in the Washington law firm WilmerHale.
So did Aaron Zebley:
Mueller and Aaron Zebley, Mueller’s former chief of staff at the FBI, both represented Facebook at WilmerHale before leaving for the special counsel’s office …
The disclosures also showed Zebley had a WilmerHale partnership share of $1.437 million
As did Jeannie Rhee:
a senior lawyer on Mueller’s team, represented Google at WilmerHale before joining the special counsel’s team …
Rhee’s partnership share and capital contribution interest totaled $2.063 million
And James Quarles:
a senior lawyer on the team, had a WilmerHale partnership share of $5.889 million.
CNN admits that what Donald Trump said earlier last summer was true:
At the end of June, Trump alleged in a Fox News interview that “the people that have been hired are all Hillary Clinton supporters, some of them worked for Hillary Clinton.” Two of the now former WilmerHale attorneys did legal work connected to the Clintons. Zebley provided legal service to Justin Cooper, who helped manage Clinton’s private email server. Rhee represented the Clinton Foundation in a racketeering lawsuit and Clinton herself in a lawsuit seeking access to her private emails.
On December 5, Laura Ingraham of Fox News had more on Jeannie Rhee. Here is a summary:
Jeannie Rhee was hired in June by Mueller. Weeks before joining Mueller’s special counsel, Rhee was working as a personal attorney of former Obama Deputy Natl Sec Advisor Ben Rhodes. She served as Rhodes pt of contact w/ House Intel Committee in its investigation into Russia.
Rhee also represented the Clinton Foundation and donated $9,000 to Hillary and other Democrats, Ingraham said.
She said Rhee is just the latest member of the Mueller team to show “brazen partisanship.”
Ingraham said Rhee worked in private practice with Andrew Weissmann – another Mueller deputy who was criticized this week for sending a perceptibly partisan email to a former top DOJ official.
“What Mueller did was hire a pedigree team of obvious partisans,” Ingraham said.
“They should all step aside,” she said, “including Bob Mueller.”
A Judicial Watch press release that day gave more information about Andrew Weissmann, who worked in Obama’s DOJ:
Judicial Watch today released two productions (335 pages and 44 pages) of Justice Department (DOJ) documents showing strong support by top DOJ officials for former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates’ refusal to enforce President Trump’s Middle East travel ban executive order. In one email, Andrew Weissmann, one of Robert Mueller’s top prosecutors and formerly the Obama-era Chief of the Justice Department’s Criminal Fraud Section, applauds Yates writing: “I am so proud. And in awe. Thank you so much. All my deepest respects” …
In a late October article describing Andrew Weissmann as Robert Mueller’s “Pit Bull,” The New York Times wrote, “He is a top lieutenant to Robert S. Mueller III on the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible links to the Trump campaign. Significantly, Mr. Weissmann is an expert in converting defendants into collaborators — with either tactical brilliance or overzealousness, depending on one’s perspective.” Weissman oversaw the pre-dawn home raid of former Trump aide Paul Manafort in what one former federal prosecutor described as “textbook Weissmann terrorism.”
Gregg Jarrett of Fox News posted an article saying the Russian dossier investigation is corrupt and must be brought to a close:
Given what we know about the composition of the special counsel team, there may well be others who harbor a blatant political bias and have expressed their animus toward Trump in emails or texts. The computer accounts of the entire staff need to be examined by Congress and the DOJ Inspector General. Failing that, news organizations should file a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
Well, Judicial Watch continues to file successful FOIA requests. Tom Fitton is on Fox News nearly every day.
And there’s more, involving one Hui Chen:
The examination should begin with Andrew Weissmann, who has close ties to Hui Chen, whom he hired at the Justice Department and with whom he worked at the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York. Documents show the DOJ approved a salary for her position of $711,800 for two years of work, which is more than the attorney general earns.
Chen resigned in June of this year, stating that she could no longer work in the administration of a president who had violated the Constitution and engaged in treasonous conduct. According to The Hill, she “posted tweets or retweeted articles that were considered critical of Trump.”
Jarrett included a tweet showing Chen protesting Trump on her lunch hour.
Jarrett tells us:
But before her departure, Chen attended a “March for Truth” rally and proudly posted on Twitter a photograph of herself outside the White House wearing an orange “Resist” jacket. She posted another photo of the Trump International Hotel with the words “Pay Trump Bribery Here” superimposed over the entrance.
Chen’s favored hashtag is “TrumpRussiaCoverUp,” and she has blanketed her Twitter account with virulent denunciations of the president. Hundreds of them.
Since Chen made little secret of her views while at Justice, it is reasonable to ask whether she expressed them to Weissmann, the person to whom she reported. If so, how did he respond? Like Strzok, did Weissmann write anti-Trump messages to his friend and colleague, Hui Chen, or others?
Every member of Mueller’s hand-picked staff must now be examined. The special counsel has proven he cannot be trusted with his assembled team of partisans.
Agreed, but who will do it? Sleepy Sessions recused himself. His deputy Rod Rosenstein sure as heck won’t do it.
By the way, Obama likely knew all about this.
More to follow soon.