Friday's HOT MIC
Another look at Robert Mueller's squeaky clean image may be in order.
Harvey Silverglate, a criminal defense attorney in Massachusetts, wrote an opinion piece accusing Mueller of once trying to entrap him when Mueller was acting U.S. attorney in Boston.
“I have known Mueller during key moments of his career as a federal prosecutor,” Silverglate wrote for WGBH News. “My experience has taught me to approach whatever he does in the Trump investigation with a requisite degree of skepticism or, at the very least, extreme caution.”
According to Silverglate, Mueller once sent someone into Silverglate's office offering to give false testimony for a client. Silverglate said he turned the offer down and noticed the man was wearing a wire.
“Years later I ran into Mueller, and I told him of my disappointment in being the target of a sting where there was no reason to think that I would knowingly present perjured evidence to a court,” Silverglate wrote. “Mueller, half-apologetically, told me that he never really thought that I would suborn perjury, but that he had a duty to pursue the lead given to him.”
Another attorney wrote an op-ed titled:
“Judging by Mueller's staffing choices, he may not be very interested in justice.”
The more we get to know about James Comey, the less honorable he seems, so it wouldn't be too shocking to discover that Mueller also has some less-than-desirable professional habits.
Since everything has to be a conspiracy these days it's a safe bet that people will accuse the White House of being behind the effort to get this negative Mueller publicity into the public conversation. It's also not outlandish to think it's true.