REVEALED: Robert Mueller’s SWAMPY Finances Released By Justice Department
On Tuesday, the Department of Justice released Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s swampy finances. The report reveals Mueller’s law firm boasted clients such as Facebook, whose CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, is no fan of the President. The feeling is mutual. Mueller was also paid handsomely for a speech by Mexican bank Banamex.
When special counsel Robert Mueller took his new job in May, he gave up a law firm partnership where he made almost $3.5 million since the beginning of 2016, according to a financial disclosure released by the Justice Department on Tuesday.
Mueller’s client list from his former firm, WilmerHale, reads like a who’s who of America’s most prominent businesses, including Facebook, Apple, Intel, Sony Pictures, Booz Allen Hamilton and the National Football League.
Mueller was also on the paid-speaking circuit in recent years, addressing businesses like Goldman Sachs, charities and and lecture series, as well as lobbying groups like the Nuclear Energy Institute and the Insurance Information Institute.
Mueller’s speaking engagements brought him about $162,000 since the beginning of 2016, the report says. His most lucrative speech during that period was to the Mexican bank Banamex for $52,000.
Mueller, a former FBI director, was named in May as a special counsel to investigate potential collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian officials or agents.
Among Mueller’s tasks may be to examine whether Trump administration officials intentionally concealed foreign financial ties that should have been reported on the same financial disclosure form Mueller completed.
Mueller’s legal work for Facebook is notable because that company could potentially hold valuable data for his investigation.
Recently, Special Counsel Robert Mueller crossed the red line that President Trump warned about back in an interview with the New York Times. Since investigators can’t find any ‘Russian collusion’, Mueller has now expanded his probe into potential ‘financial crimes’ completely unrelated to Russia and the 2016 election.
Federal investigators exploring whether Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian spies have seized on Trump and his associates’ financial ties to Russia as one of the most fertile avenues for moving their probe forward, according to people familiar with the investigation.
The web of financial ties could offer a more concrete path toward potential prosecution than the broader and murkier questions of collusion in the 2016 campaign, these sources said.
Sources described an investigation that has widened to focus on possible financial crimes, some unconnected to the 2016 elections, alongside the ongoing scrutiny of possible illegal coordination with Russian spy agencies and alleged attempts by President Donald Trump and others to obstruct the FBI investigation. Even investigative leads that have nothing to do with Russia but involve Trump associates are being referred to the special counsel to encourage subjects of the investigation to cooperate, according to two law enforcement sources.
In response to this CNN story, the President’s attorney, Jay Sekulow, said, “President’s outside counsel has not received any requests for documentation or information about this. Any inquiry from the special counsel that goes beyond the mandate specified in the appointment we would object to.”