Gregg Jarrett: Trump, Mueller Discussed Reason for Comey’s Firing Day Before Mueller Hired as Special Counsel

SUGGESTS MULTIPLE CONFLICT OF INTEREST

by Sharon Rondeau

https://www.c-span.org/video/?313323-1/fbi-director-faces-house-judiciary-committee-oversight

(Jun. 26, 2019) — On Wednesday night’s “Hannity,” Fox News Legal Analyst Gregg Jarrett told host Sean Hannity without any equivocation that in the presence of “two witnesses,” Robert Mueller was told on May 16, 2017 the reason(s) for Trump’s termination of FBI Director James Comey one week before.

The meeting was reportedly an interview of Mueller for Comey’s position, which Mueller himself held from September 2001 to September 2013.

The following day, Mueller was hired by then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to serve as “Special Counsel” in the “Russia” probe begun by the FBI during the 2016 campaign cycle.

Jarrett said that Mueller’s newfound knowledge required him to decline the offer of the Special Counsel position which he nevertheless accepted.

Mueller has been subpoenaed to testify publicly to a joint session of the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees on July 17 and has reportedly agreed to appear.

Jarrett said that Mueller had multiple conflicts of interest in the Special Counsel role and that during the course of his 22-month investigation, he neglected to explore the origins of the “collusion” narrative and whether or not the Steele “dossier,” used to obtain four FISA warrants on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, was verified before it was presented to the FISA court as evidence.

Mueller and Comey were longtime Justice Department colleagues, with each supervising the other at different times in their respective careers. When Mueller’s term as FBI Director ended, Comey was Obama’s choice to succeed him.

Jarrett’s commentary arguably suggests a reason for Comey’s firing other than that which was publicly presented in a letter written by Rosenstein citing Comey’s July 5, 2016 press conference during which he said that the FBI would not be recommending criminal prosecution for Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information over a private, unsecured server while she served as Obama’s Secretary of State.

An Inspector General’s report released June 14 of last year described Comey’s decision to give the solo press conference without the approval of the Justice Department as “insubordinate.”

In recent editions of the show, various Republican congressmen as well as Jarrett have opined that Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates may be in legal jeopardy.  All three were involved in securing the surveillance warrants on Page.

 

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