Judicial Watch: Trump 'Should Order the Firing of Mueller ... He's Out of Control'

By Michael W. Chapman | April 10, 2018 | 3:50pm EDT
Judicial Watch President
Tom Fitton. (YouTube)

Commenting on the FBI's raid on the office of President Trump's personal attorney, based on a referral from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said Mueller is "out of control," and Trump should order the special counsel operation "to be shut down."

Fitton also said the situation involving porn-actress Stormy Daniels is not going to save the Mueller operation, and that if Trump fires Mueller, then "official Washington" will go "ballistic" but it is the "right thing to do" to help restore the integrity of the FBI and the Justice Department. 

On the April 9 edition of Lou Dobbs Tonight, host Lou Dobbs said, “The raid on the president's personal attorney [Michael Cohen], I just consider that utterly an outrage, a referral from the special counsel to do so.”

Judicial Watch's Tom Fitton said, “Look, the Special Counsel [Robert Mueller] has been out of control from the moment he was appointed. He was appointed based on a crime: [FBI Director] James Comey leaking records that weren’t his to leak. They were government records he stole from the FBI to get his friend appointed [as special counsel], and then he's basically given run of the Justice Department."

"He [Mueller] doesn't answer to anyone on a day-to-day basis," said Fitton.  "The problem is the Justice Department is out of control. Mueller seems to be running the show on many issues, including directing Justice Department resources to raid the lawyer of the president of the United States seemingly over a modest issue of whether or not there was a campaign finance violation of a little over a $100,000 in terms of reporting issues."

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating alleged Russia-Trump campaign collusion in 2016.

"It is such bunk and it's shows you why Mr. Mueller needs to be shut down," he said.  "That special counsel operation is going to destroy the reputation of the Justice Department, if the president doesn't take action."

Dobbs then said he thought it was too late to save the reputation of the FBI and Justice Department because they have been committed to helping the Deep State and the United States.

Fitton agreed and added, "[T]he problem the Justice Department has, it has little credibility with many, many Americans that can fairly administer justice. [Attorney General] Jeff Sessions doesn't understand the crisis this agency is in. I don't think the FBI Director [Christopher Wray] understands the crisis this agency is in. Those agencies were ruined -- to the degree they were already, to the degree there was any remnant of credibility -- they were ruined by the Obama Justice Department, the Obama FBI, and they haven't fixed it under the Trump administration. And the president is looking from afar."

"He's got to intervene and save the FBI and Justice Department from themselves," said Fitton.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. (YouTube)

When asked how the president could intervene, Fitton said, "He should order the Mueller operation to be shut down. He should just shut it down." Specifically, he noted, Trump should direct Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to shut the operation down. 

Rosenstein, incidentally, was the official who wrote the memo advising that Trump fire FBI Director James Comey back in May 2017. With that issue brewing, Comey took his notes on Trump and leaked them to a friend who passed them to the New York Times. That leak triggered the appointment of the special counsel, who was appointed by ... Rod Rosenstein. 

Rosenstein worked with Mueller and Comey during the Obama administration.

"I'm not terribly interested in firing everybody in the Justice Department," said Fitton. "I want those top officials to step up and do their jobs. Attorney General Sessions should un-recuse himself. Rosenstein should take control over the Mueller operation. Mueller himself is conflicted. Forget about the no Republicans on the staff of the special counsel operation. Mueller himself interviewed for the FBI position that opened up and that now is the subject of a criminal investigation by his own operation. He's conflicted up the wazoo and I don't know the way..."

Dobbs then interjected, "If I were just to put it in some context, Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, is the fellow who said that the president should fire -- should fire James Comey, and then [Rosenstein] appoints a special counsel to investigate the firing based on his memorandum. How dumb do you have to be to find a conflict, if you're in the Justice Department leadership? That’s a conflict."

Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  (YouTube)

"It's a conflict and now Mr. Rosenstein is implicated in the FISA abuse issue because he signed off on one of the FISA applications, that had at its fundamental basis that Clinton DNC dossier," said Fitton.  "This is a mess."

"Stormy Daniels isn't going to save the Mueller operation and I see the president is focusing on removing Mr. Mueller as special counsel," he said.  "Official Washington is going to go ballistic but it's the right thing to do."

"To Hell with official Washington," said Dobbs. "It is the deep state and it is working against the interests of the United States.... I don't think we can tolerate much worse than this."

Fitton concluded, "The Justice Department treats Mueller like he's king of the Justice Department. He hasn't been appointed by anyone answerable to the president in any practical way. He hasn't been confirmed, and Rosenstein isn't supervising him, and so, he's out of control. He needs to be reined in. It's basic good government to shut down that office."

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