Robert Mueller has hired five investigators to be part of his special counsel team to investigate Russia’s involvement in the 2016 elections. However, it turns out that three of the five team members have donated exclusively to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama presidential campaigns.
The people hired by Mueller are seasoned attorneys who have represented the government and top American companies in court. They have also been part of high-profile investigations such as Watergate and the Enron fraud scandal.
According to Federal Election Commission filings accessed by CNN, a total of $56,000 was donated exclusively to Democrats by three of the five lawyers on the special counsel team. This raises a serious question about the impartialness of the investigation.
James Quarles has donated $33,000 to Democrats since 1988. He has given money to Michael Dukakis, Al Gore, John Kerry, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton. He gave $1,300 in 2007 to Obama and $2,300 in 2008. He also supported Hillary Clinton with $2,700 in 2016.
Quarles also helped several Democratic candidates, including Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Robert Menendez of New Jersey, and Ron Wyden of Oregon. He is the only team member to have donated to Republicans on two instances.
Jeannie Rhee is the second largest Democrat donor on Mueller’s team. She has donated $16,000 exclusively to Democrats since 2008. She gave the maximum contribution of $2,700 to Hillary Clinton in 2015 and again in 2016. She donated a sum of $7,300 to Obama during both his campaigns.
However, donations to Hillary Clinton and Obama are not the most concerning aspect of Rhee being part of special counsel team. Jeannie Rhee worked as a lawyer for the Clinton Foundation and, according to Lifezette, was responsible for protecting Bill and Hillary Clinton from answering questions about operations of their charity foundation under oath.
Jeannie Rhee has also represented Hillary Clinton in lawsuits demanding access to her private emails. She has also contributed to Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, and Mark Udall of New Mexico.
The third member of Mueller’s team who has donated to Democrats is Andrew Weissmann. He is the most senior member of the special counsel team and was a part of the Enron investigation. He donated $2,300 to Obama’s campaign in 2008 and $2,000 to the Democratic National Committee in 2006.
The remaining two team members, Deputy Solicitor General Michael Dreeben and Aaron Zebley, have no FEC record of donations. However, Zebley has represented Justin Cooper, who helped manage Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
Although Mueller is a highly respected professional, his latest staffing decisions have raised some concerns. Trump’s supporters have expressed doubts about the impartiality of the Russia investigation by this team.
Even Bill Clinton’s White House adviser Dick Morris stated that Mueller had made a “huge mistake” by hiring Democratic donors. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has also challenged the fairness of the investigation.
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