Texas Republican Wants Mueller to Testify Publicly in Congressional Hearing
Texas Republican Rep. Brian Babin has been circulating a letter seeking support from fellow congressmen on his request that special counsel Robert Mueller appear publicly in a congressional hearing, The Daily Caller reported Friday.
Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling and possible collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign has been blasted by Republican critics who believe the deck is being stacked against President Trump. Mueller has hired a team of Democrat attorneys to work on the case and has a close relationship with former FBI Director James Comey -- a key witness. Additionally, Mueller's choice of Washington, D.C. -- which votes 93 percent Democratic -- as the venue for a grand jury has critics crying foul.
Babin’s letter, which was obtained by TheDC, was sent out to congressmen Thursday and asks for members to cosign a letter he plans to send to House Judiciary chairman Bob Goodlatte and Senate Judiciary chairman Chuck Grassley.
“Every nominee for United States Attorney must be confirmed by the Senate, a process that brings to the forefront any concerns regarding the nominee’s ability to hold their position in a decent and impartial manner. However, as Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III and his team of lawyers investigate our very own president, we as a nation wait in the dark with very little information about those given this great authority,” Babin wrote in the letter.
He added that there are “serious concerns” about conflicts of interest regarding Democratic donors on Mueller’s team.
Those concerns are well-founded according to Joe Concha's latest piece in The Hill which seems to corroborate the worst fears on the right that a deep state coup is taking place.
CNN counterterrorism analyst Phil Mudd warned that President Trump is agitating the government, saying during a Thursday afternoon interview with CNN anchor Jake Tapper that the U.S. government "is going to kill this guy."
Mudd, who served as deputy director to former FBI Director Robert Mueller, said Trump's defense of Russian President Vladimir Putin has compelled federal employees "at Langley, Foggy Bottom, CIA and State" to try to take Trump down.
"Let me give you one bottom line as a former government official. Government is going to kill this guy," Mudd, a staunch critic of Trump, said on "The Lead."
None other than Senator Chuck Schumer predicted this in January when he said intelligence officials "have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you," after Trump had fired off some tweets critical of the intel community.
Mudd also broached Trump's recent announcement of a ban on transgender soldiers in the military as another reason some in the government are turning on him.
"We saw the same thing in his transgender comments. What is the military saying to him on transgender? 'Show us the policy.' You know what that means inside government? 'Ain’t going to happen,' " he said
Mudd pivoted to a newly revealed July FBI raid on the home of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort to emphasize his point about the mistrust between the intelligence community and the president.
"What did the Department of Justice say on Paul Manafort? 'You can say what you want, a judge told us we had cause to search his home early in the morning because we don’t trust the guy who was your campaign manager.' The government is going to kill this guy because he doesn't support them," he concluded.