Accuracy in Media

I am amazed by the conspiracy of silence, on the right and the left, about former FBI Director Robert Mueller’s bungling of the anthrax case. “In his years as FBI director and as a Justice Department official, Mueller gained a reputation for honesty, integrity, and being a ‘straight-shooter,’” writes Fred Barnes at The Weekly Standard.

This is pure hogwash, to use a family-friendly term.

Barnes, a veteran journalist, is not alone in offering such undeserved praise of Mueller. Commentators on the right and left have been repeating this garbage ever since Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel. Interestingly, Rosenstein also received high praise from various commentators. He, too, was seen as a straight shooter. With former FBI Director James Comey, they constitute an unholy alliance that is determined to take down President Donald Trump. With good reason, Trump calls it a witch hunt.

But since Rosenstein appointed Comey’s buddy Mueller as special counsel, people are beginning to see the whole process as a setup. Or as Barnes puts it, the deck is “stacked” against President Trump. Hence, “the sword of impeachment will be hanging over him,” says Barnes.

This didn’t have to happen, if journalists and commentators had been open and honest about Mueller’s real record. Simply put, Mueller can’t be trusted to arrive at the truth. The anthrax letters case proves it. He should never have received the appointment as special counsel. Barnes’ assertion that the deck has been stacked ignores the fact that he and his associates in the Never-Trump movement helped stack the deck. Why didn’t they blow the whistle on Mueller when he was appointed? Why do they ignore his real record now?

The trap has been set by those conservatives in the media, echoing their liberal colleagues, who wanted to pretend that Mueller is overflowing with honor and integrity. By showering him with praise, they have joined hands with the liberal media in setting the stage for Trump’s impeachment and forced resignation from office.

Call me a cynic, but I can’t help thinking that the Never-Trumpers in the media, such as Barnes, know precisely what is happening. They know Mueller is determined to take down Trump, but that he can only do so if he is given a clean bill of health as a first-rate investigator. Hence, they must whitewash Mueller’s corrupt record in advance of him filing charges against Trump and/or his associates.

Only in the swamp known as Washington, D.C. can a failed FBI chief be rehabilitated into a “straight-shooter,” qualified to bring down a president with the powers of a special counsel.

“In 2004,” retired Foreign Service officer and intelligence analyst Kenneth J. Dillon tells Accuracy in Media (AIM), “the FBI learned that the anthrax mailer was an al-Qaeda operative. Under White House pressure, Mueller suppressed this finding and continued to hunt for a domestic suspect. When scientist Bruce Ivins committed suicide in 2008, Mueller blamed him for the mailings, then lied to a Senate committee about it.”

Although the anti-Trump special counsel railroad is on schedule, pending a Trump decision to fire Rosenstein and Mueller, it is still important for the public to know some of the details about how Mueller botched the anthrax case by falsely blaming various American scientists for the letters that killed five people and injured dozens.

At the time of the anthrax attacks, I was working closely with AIM founder Reed Irvine, who never backed down from a search for the truth. A series of AIM Reports challenged the FBI’s handling of the case and examined how various members of the news media, most notably New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof, pushed dubious theories targeting innocent American scientist Steven Hatfill. Kristof operated on the basis of a phony theory, fed to him by a leftist, speculating that the anthrax letters were mailed by a right-winger, probably a white guy working for a U.S. lab. The FBI went along with the false premise, ignoring the obvious evidence of an al-Qaeda role.

To illustrate how Mueller botched the case, consider that the FBI didn’t have a shred of evidence against Dr. Hatfill, but drove him out of two prestigious jobs and ruined his career. At one point, the FBI claimed to have fished a piece of Hatfill’s lab equipment, supposedly an anthrax weapons device, out of a pond. The FBI spent $250,000 to drain the pond but found no evidence of anthrax in it. The device was a minnow bucket.

Acting like the KGB, one FBI agent followed Hatfill as he went to buy some paint, and ran over his foot with a car. Hatfill was given a ticket by D.C. police for walking over to the FBI car and trying to take a picture of his tormentor. It appeared that the FBI was trying to provoke Hatfill so they could arrest him on some flimsy charge and claim they were right about him all along. This is similar to how a special counsel operates.

Comey took over for Mueller at the FBI and could have reopened the case in order to determine why, in the end, the Department of Justice awarded Hatfill nearly $6 million in damages. Comey could have cleaned house, purging corrupt agents. Instead, Comey decided to maintain the cover-up and keep Mueller’s so-called sterling reputation intact. As a result, the FBI still maintains that another scientist, Ivins, who was persecuted and driven to suicide, was the culprit.

Even before the embarrassment with the minnow bucket, columnist Dan K. Thomasson had written that the FBI’s handling of the anthrax case “has to be the most incredible display of bizarre ineptness since former FBI director Louis Freeh took personal charge of the investigation to nail Richard Jewell for the bombing in Atlanta’s Olympic Park” in 1996. Jewell wasn’t guilty of anything except some genuine heroism that saved lives.

Ignoring the anthrax investigation debacle, some commentators are noting that Mueller is staffing his operation with Democratic Party lawyers. What else did you expect? His assignment is to bring down Trump. In regard to the President, we said on May 24, “Mueller will produce evidence of a crime out of nothing if he has to.” That’s what they tried to do to Hatfill.

In Trump’s case, it doesn’t matter if the charges are legitimate. All that matters is that they give the appearance of impropriety, so that the impeachment process can get underway.

Since Comey continued the Mueller anthrax letters cover-up, we have to assume that the FBI culture hasn’t changed, and that Mueller, now in charge of dozens of FBI agents as part of his special counsel investigation, will order his investigators to frame President Trump and/or his top aides with some charge or another. This is a vendetta that constitutes revenge on a President they don’t like and who is suspicious of their work.

At first I was amazed by the continuing cover-up surrounding Mueller’s terrible record, which also includes letting Islamists rewrite FBI training materials. Then, I thought about it and considered a major human flaw which characterizes the work of commentators and journalists—they don’t ever want to admit they’re wrong. They accepted Mueller’s work on the anthrax case as legitimate at the time, and now don’t want to revisit the matter because it would put their own judgments under scrutiny. It’s much easier, under these circumstances, to say that Mueller’s work was exemplary, even though such a claim is a blatant lie.

Fake news is all around us, on the left and right.




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Comments

  • jug

    Standard operating procedure for Commiecrats!

    They believe in Taqua, just like the muslims!
    OK to lie, if it furthers your cause!

    Or, “The End Justifes the Means!”

    Bastards!

  • Bennie Bennett

    I find this incredibly sad. Our country has been taken over by dishonest and self-serving idiots. We, the people, are letting them.

  • TED

    This article is all hot air!

    No matter what Mueller may do … Trump cannot be impeached UNLESS the right-wing GOP-majority House votes for impeachment. Not very likely.

  • Sodakbull

    Chances are pretty good that that if Comey covered for Mueller, he will return the favor. I believed when they announced he was the former FBI director that in no way shape or form he is going to do anything that will put the FBI or any of its employees in a negative light. He is there to protect the intelligence community from being exposed as being totally politicized by the previous administration. Thats the real story here and the real cover up

  • Mary

    Somehow, I think Comey and Muller along with Rosenstein are on the payroll of Soros and Clinton. Maybe we need an investigation of the investigators. Does not pass the smell test.

  • Mark M.

    I
    remember how Watergate, Iran contra and Clinton-Lewinsky prosecutors were
    eviscerated by the Democratic lapdogs in the press day after day. It was disgusting, juvenile and the height of deceitfulness.
    Now we have silence of the Marxists because, as with Nixon, Trump is seen as going against Communist
    interests. (Nixon committed the ultimate sin: jailing Soviet spy Alger Hiss.) John and Robert Kennedy also maintained an anti-Communist agenda, and we know what happened to
    them. (Bobby was top legal counsel to Sen. Joe McCarthy, and, simply put, he [Robert
    Kennedy] knew too much and had to go — at the hands of a Muslim no less. I’m sure
    Oliver Stone regrets Sirhan was caught at the scene and that no bullshit JFK
    type movie could be made.)

  • Adam Kelm

    don’t kid yourself, Mueller has nowhere to go especially because Trump has his own ‘evidence’ to play that could potentially undercut what Mueller tries to do. Mueller has nowhere to go, even if he wanted to there are too many pieces in play that could end his career if he moves the wrong way. If he actually is Comey’s friend, then he realizes his ‘friend’ will show him no mercy if he gets it wrong and it will be easy for him to get it wrong if he doesn’t know what information his opponents actually HAVE in their posession. It kind of makes lying hard, now doesn’t it?

  • Arthur Turner

    “With good reason, Trump calls it a witch hunt.” That’s because neither trump nor the writer know what a witch hunt is.

  • Arthur Turner

    Alex Jones…is that you? Huh? Speak up.

  • AndRebecca

    Explain a witch hunt. No, let me do it for you: “A Political campaign launched on the pretext of investigating activities subversive to the state.” The Dems have a witch hunt in operation, no doubt about it.

  • AndRebecca

    Alex Jones is pro-Russian. So, no it isn’t Alex Jones.

  • Arthur Turner

    You miss the key ingredient. A witch hunt looks for a perp to blame for a crime. In this case the perp is known, but the crime is suspected but unknown and facts are sought to determine if crime exists.

  • AndRebecca

    I quoted my dictionary. Are you saying you know more than my dictionary? I don’t think so. You really are out of touch if you believe what you wrote. Good grief.

  • Sodakbull

    We aren’t letting them. We get to vote again next year.

  • Gen11American

    Since Mueller is a globalist shill who is pro-Muslim, just as George Soros is, it doesn’t surprise me to learn he refused to identify a Muslim as the culprit in the Anthrax case. What surprises me is that Deputy AG Rosenstein would DARE take the professional risk of appointing someone with Mueller’s appalling track record as Special Council! I presume when and if Rosenstein is either fired or resigns in disgrace, “Big Daddy Fascist” will no doubt reward him with a very big payoff!

  • AmandaTrebiano

    Of course they will–they love Pence–he’s one of the boys!

  • Arthur Turner

    Boy becky, you got condescension down to a tee.

  • Mark M.

    I know not of this Alex Jones. I just want to know why Meuller is wearing Karl Malden’s nose?! Was he out trick-or-treating that day? Speak up, Art.

  • Arthur Turner

    Brilliant: mock someone’s physical appearance. Brilliant! Absolutely that confirms that you are really jones. Fess up alex.

  • Mark M.

    If that was all the Demo-Marxi-crats did, we’d have a loverly world instead of a stinkin’ Weimar Republic cesspool. Fess up, Art, you like the smell and the chunks are tasty to you.

  • AndRebecca

    I am condescending to left wing trolls. You dopes think you know it all and it gets old.

  • Arthur Turner

    Last I looked you have to click on something to read it. So in typical right wing fashion you click on something then blame the writer for trolling you. LOL

  • AndRebecca

    What are you talking about? You troll sites, not individuals.

  • Arthur Turner

    my point is if you don’t like trolls don’t voluntarily read what they write then bitch about being trolled. go somewhere else.

  • AndRebecca

    And my point is when I see trolls on my conservative sites, I certainly will answer them. In order to bring out their stupidity for all to see. Like I’ve done with you. You go somewhere else.

  • Arthur Turner

    NO! If you don’t like my posts don’t read them.

  • Arthur Turner

    we don’t know it all but we know more than you and that just drives you nuts.

  • AndRebecca

    If you troll on conservative websites and I have time to read your posts and respond to the idiocy in them, I will. If you don’t like it, troll somewhere else. The Left-wing sites block conservatives, and that’s why all their comments seem to agree with them. Conservative sites usually let left-wing trolls have at it, unless they become horribly indecent, which they often do because it’s in their nature. You lefties have little self-control.

  • AndRebecca

    Only someone with an I.Q. of seventy would think they know more than I do. And you are nuts, so no need to drive you anywhere.

  • Arthur Turner

    do you know what mensa is, sweetheart?

  • AndRebecca

    Yes, but I took an I.Q. test in 5th grade, so no Mensa needed.

  • Arthur Turner

    So your IQ is less than 70?

  • AndRebecca

    Wow, you can’t even read a sentence and understand it. Your I.Q. is 70, no question.

  • Arthur Turner

    Wow, your humor trigger is shorted out.

  • AndRebecca

    As a child, did you dream of being an internet troll when you grew up?

  • Lola Helton

    Repost of another post. Concerned citizens should call DOJ @ 202-514-2000 using option 4, or email the DOJ @ or email at :https://www.justice.gov/contact-us as they are logged and forwarded to appropriate person,and voice their disagreement with special counselor Mueller due to his conflict of interest and request Mueller resign immediately according to the Law citing 28 Cfr 45.2, Disqualification arising from personal or political relationship.
    Time for Americans to stand up and help ‘drain the swamp’