New Op-ed: MUELLER EXPOSES MASSIVE SYSTEMIC CORRUPTION
MUELLER EXPOSES MASSIVE SYSTEMIC CORRUPTION
Robert Mueller’s testimony exposed massive systemic corruption and abuse of power in Washington.
Unfortunately for Democrats, it wasn’t what they hoped – and none of it looks good for them.
In retired (not a moment too soon) Special Counsel Mueller, we saw a frail old man, clearly of diminished capacity and obviously incapable of running a complex multiyear, multimillion dollar investigation.
This raises many questions, the most obvious being: Who was running the show?
The answer would be, as is often the case in Washington, the staff. The person at the top of the letterhead is merely a figurehead.
To digress for a moment, this is how so much of official Washington works:
Career bureaucrats run the cabinet agencies. Guidelines written by other bureaucrats (not elected lawmakers) direct their every move and determine the regulations disgorged from the bowels of the government like floodwaters from a broken dam. If these lifetime employees don’t like the policies of a particular (say, Trump) administration, they simply ignore them, slow-walk them or sabotage them.
Over on Capitol Hill, 20-somethings run Congress. These bright young things graduate from top schools at the top of the class and move directly into government without any intervening experience in the real world (aka “the private sector”). Elected representatives, busy raising campaign money, rely on them to frame policy discussions, meet with constituents and lobbyists, write reports, tell them how to vote and even draft legislation.
Now back to Bob Mueller. We know he wasn’t running the investigation that bears his name – his staff was – and now we know Mueller was oblivious to the fact that his investigators had deep conflicts of interest.
He testified he had no idea when he hired him that disgraced G-man Peter Strzok hated President Trump, and it seems Mueller never vetted any of his investigators. His team of 13 angry Democrats had conflicts of interest so numerous and well documented, there’s no need to repeat them here.
Again, this is business as usual in Washington.
The special counsel’s office is not the only hotbed of investigators infected with conflicts of interest.
Let’s begin with Rep. Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and one of the ringleaders of the impeachment lynch mob.
Even as he natters on endlessly to any who will listen about “Russia! Russia! Russia! Interfering in our election!”, Nadler keeps a publicist for Russian state media on his payroll as an adviser.
That’s right – Nadler is paying a propagandist for Russia propagandists. And he’s doing it with campaign money. Talk about Russian involvement in our politics!
Nadler’s long-time campaign aide, Ezra Freidlander, is a lobbyist for a jailed executive of the Russian government’s RIA Novosti news service.
U.S. intelligence services have identified Novosti as an “integral part of Moscow’s American disinformation campaign in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.” Time for Adam Schiff to investigate Jerry Nadler.
While he was on Nadler’s payroll, Freidlander also took money from Qatar, a key ally of Iran.
Coincidentally, Nadler became the only Jewish Democrat from New York to endorse President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal. Obama used Nadler to convince other Jewish members of Congress to get on board the Tehran nuclear Supertrain.
The conflicts don’t end with Nadler.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, chairman of the powerful House Oversight committee, is the other loudmouth on the Hill, firing his subpoena cannon in every direction and trying everything to get his hands on President Trump’s tax returns.
Following the disastrous Mueller hearings, Cummings said, “”I’m begging the American people to pay attention to what is going on.”
Well, here’s something to pay attention to: Cummings is up to his eyeballs in conflict of interest.
Stay with me on this: Cummings, 68, was once heavily in debt, paying hefty child support to three women and owing the IRS $30,000.
But his financial situation improved after marrying Maya Rockeymoore, 48, the chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party, as the Washington Examiner reports.
Rockeymoore, you see, runs two businesses: a nonprofit group, Center for Global Policy Solutions; and a for-profit consulting firm, Global Policy Solutions, LLC.
Her consulting firm landed a $1 million federal contract in 2017 for a “Leadership for Healthy Communities” project. At the same time, her non-profit was the national program office for the project.
The National Legal and Policy Center watchdog group has filed a complaint with the IRS saying the for-profit and non-profit “appear to operate almost as a single entity, allowing for an illegal private benefit for Maya Rockeymoore Cummings and her husband.”
“The arrangement is ‘self-dealing’ and cannot be ‘arms length'” as required by IRS law, the ethics group says.
Meanwhile, Cummings’ wife pulls in millions from financial backers, including Google, J.P Morgan and Prudential, corporations that have business before her husband’s Oversight Committee. Nice work if you can get it.
In his financial disclosure report, Cummings failed to list his wife’s $152,000 salary from her non-profit or what she earns from her business. Someone ought to get their hands on this couple’s tax returns.
As we see, conflict-of-interest is a disease endemic to the Washington swamplands.
So here’s another question about Mueller: Who vetted him? Why did they think that man could run anything?
The answer is obvious: They knew he couldn’t. They wanted the inmates to run this particular asylum.
It’s more important than ever we investigate the investigators. All of them.
-Curtis Ellis is Senior Policy Director for America First Policies.