Outgoing FBI director Robert Mueller speaks during an interview at FBI headquarters on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, in Washington. The nature of terrorism has changed in Robert Mueller’s dozen years as FBI director, but his concerns for the future are much the same as when terrorists struck on Sept. 11, 2001, merely a week after he’d taken over the bureau. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Special counsel Bob Mueller appeared disoriented and often under-informed while testifying before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees Wednesday, prompting some leading conservatives to wonder just how much of a hand he had in writing his own report.
Who wrote the Mueller Report? After todays hearing it is clear Mueller did not write the report that bears his name. Who wrote it?
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) July 24, 2019
In a piece at Human Events, Mueller’s general unfamiliarity with portions of the report, and his unwillingness to admit that Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele were key elements in determining the level of Russian interference in the 2016 election, were detailed at length. The writer then posed this question:
[G]iven Mueller’s inability to answer so many questions, and his lack of familiarity with the report itself, the question must now be asked: Who DID write the Mueller report?
The ex special counsel refused to be drawn on who was fired from his team of lawyers — of whom many happened to donate over $60,000 in total to Hillary Clinton and Democrat candidates. He refused to elaborate on the actions and firings of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page — the FBI lovers who pledged to bring down Donald Trump. He didn’t even want to get into how his team was picked.
All of these details are pertinent to the $25m investigation, paid for by the U.S. taxpayer, which has driven a wedge through the nation for two years and the contents of which have hampered the U.S. government for three.
But the question must be answered: who wrote the Mueller report, and why have the shadowy, intelligence figures lurking in the background of this entire saga been left unchallenged?
Give what we already know about the anti-Trump bias of high-ranking officials within the intelligence apparatus, who actually authored Mueller’s report is an important — if unlikely to be answered —question.
Mueller himself sidestepped the question of other report authors when questioned Wednesday by committee members, saying he couldn’t get in to those details (the same response he gave when asked about Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele). All of this led former Rep. Trey Gowdy to make perhaps the best statement regarding the theatrics Wednesday on in Washington, DC: the person who learned the most about the Mueller report during Wednesday’s congressional testimony was Bob Mueller.