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Former Clinton Pollster Calls for End to the Mueller 'Partisan Inquisition'

Special Counsel Robert Mueller grimaces.

On Sunday, former Hillary Clinton pollster and chairman of the Harris Poll Mark Penn called for a speedy end to the Russia investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, for the good of all Americans.

"This process must now be stopped, preferably long before a vote in the Senate," Penn wrote. "Rather than a fair, limited and impartial investigation, the Mueller investigation became a partisan, open-ended inquisition that, by its precedent, is a threat to all those who ever want to participate in a national campaign or an administration again."

The pollster argued that "stopping Mueller" is "about all presidents and all parties." The investigation sets a dangerous precedent that chills political involvement, he argued. "It's about cleaning out and reforming the deep state so that our intelligence operations are never used against opposing campaigns without the firmest of evidence."

"It's about letting people work for campaigns and administrations without needing legal defense funds. It's about relying on our elections to decide our differences," Penn argued.

The pollster, who worked for President Bill Clinton, compared Mueller's investigation to the three-year investigation into President Clinton under independent counsel Ken Starr. Starr's investigation began with the Whitewater scandal and allegations surrounding the apparent suicide death of deputy White House counsel Vince Foster, but culminated in the report that the president had lied under oath about his affair with Monica Lewinsky.

"Unfortunately, just like the Doomsday Machine in 'Dr. Strangelove' that was supposed to save the world but instead destroys it, the Mueller investigation comes with no 'off' switch: You can’t fire Mueller. He needs to be defeated, like Ken Starr, the independent counsel who investigated President Clinton," Penn argued.

The pollster also compared the Mueller investigation to the Red Scare. "The last time America became obsessed with Russian influence in America was the McCarthy hearings in the 1950s," he wrote. "Those ended only when Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-Wis.) attacked an associate of the U.S. Army counsel, Joseph Welch, and Welch famously responded: 'Sir, have you no decency?' In this case, virtually every associate and family member of the president has been subject to smears conveniently leaked to the press."

Penn argued that "there is little doubt that the highest echelons of the FBI and the Justice Department broke their own rules to end the Hillary Clinton 'matter,' but we can expect the inspector general to document what was done or, more pointedly, not done." He mentioned the meeting between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Clinton in Phoenix, Ariz.

The pollster noted "the lack of hard, verified evidence for starting the Trump probe," and yet the investigation continues to push tenuous evidence.