Wall Street Journal Calls for Mueller to Resign | Dec 05 2017

WSJ Demands “Too Conflicted” Mueller To Resign From Russia Probe

|| WSJ

“D.C. was set ablaze following reports that special counsel Robert Mueller was forced to fire FBI agent Peter Strzok from the Russia probe over anti-Trump text messages.

On Monday, the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed calling for Mueller to resign from the probe.

WSJ reports:

The Washington Post and the New York Times reported Saturday that a lead FBI investigator on the Mueller probe, Peter Strzok, was demoted this summer after it was discovered he’d sent anti- Trump texts to a mistress. As troubling, Mr. Mueller and the Justice Department kept this information from House investigators, despite Intelligence Committee subpoenas that would have exposed those texts. They also refused to answer questions about Mr. Strzok’s dismissal and refused to make him available for an interview. […]

The latest news supports our view that Mr. Mueller is too conflicted to investigate the FBI and should step down in favor of someone more credible. The investigation would surely continue, though perhaps with someone who doesn’t think his job includes protecting the FBI and Mr. Comey from answering questions about their role in the 2016 election.

Unlike the mainstream media, The Gateway Pundit has long believed the chief objective behind Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation is to nullify the results of the 2016 presidential election. In fact, while both liberals and conservatives declared the ‘honorable,’ ‘highly respected,’ Mueller was the correct man to lead the Russia probe, this website expressed deep reservations about the special counsel’s character and history as a prosecutor.

Michael Flynn’s guilty plea, followed by a tweet sent out by President Trump’s lawyer John Dowd, appearing to imply the White House was aware of the former National Security Advisor lied to the FBI, has brought an odd, new focus to the mission behind Mueller’s probe. Former Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew C. McCarthy writes in the National Review that Mueller’s end game is now clear as day; impeach the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.

“It is now an obstruction investigation,” McCarthy writes in reference to Mueller’s probe, “Which means that it’s an impeachment investigation.”

Assuming I am correct about Mueller’s theory, its fatal flaw as a vehicle for prosecution is the same as it has always been: As president, Trump had incontestable power to exercise prosecutorial discretion and to fire the FBI director. […] The FBI and the Justice Department are not a separate branch of government; they are subordinates of the president delegated to exercise his power, not their own. Even on Comey’s account, Trump did not order him to shut down the Flynn investigation, even though he could have. Trump could have ordered an end of the Russia counterintelligence investigation, but he did not.

Michael Flynn, former National Security Advisor to President Trump, pleaded guilty Friday to making false statements to the FBI about contacting Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the transition.”

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John Oliver Gets Into Heated Argument With Dustin Hoffman Over Sexual Harassment Claims

|| The Hollywood Reporter

“At a ‘Wag the Dog’ 20th anniversary screening, the ‘Last Week Tonight’ host questioned the Oscar-winning actor about recent allegations of inappropriate behavior.

John Oliver got into a testy argument with Dustin Hoffman over sexual harassment allegations against the Oscar-winning actor at a film panel in New York on Monday night.

At a 20th anniversary panel and screening of the political film Wag the Dog, Oliver asked Hoffman about recent sexual harassment allegations made against him by Anna Graham Hunter, going back to when she was a 17-year-old production assistant on the 1985 TV film Death of a Salesman. According to The Washington Post‘s Steve Zeitchik, who tweeted about the back-and-forth as it happened and later posted a full story and video of what transpired, Hoffman “grew visibly uncomfortable.”

The Last Week Tonight host broached the subject approximately halfway through the hourlong prescreening discussion, according to Zeitchik’s story.

“This is something we’re going to have to talk about because … it’s hanging in the air,” Oliver said to Hoffman at the discussion, according to the Post.

“It’s hanging in the air?” Hoffman said. “From a few things you’ve read you’ve made an incredible assumption about me,” he noted, adding sarcastically, “You’ve made the case better than anyone else can. I’m guilty.”

Oliver seized in particular on Hoffman’s apology after The Hollywood Reporter revealed the allegations against the actor.

When contacted by THR, Hoffman said, “I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation. I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am.”

“It’s ‘not reflective of who I am’ — it’s that kind of response to this stuff that pisses me off,” Oliver said during the panel discussion, according to the Post. “It is reflective of who you were. If you’ve given no evidence to show it didn’t [happen] then there was a period of time for a while when you were a creeper around women. It feels like a cop-out to say, ‘It wasn’t me.’ Do you understand how that feels like a dismissal?”

The rest of the discussion was dominated by Oliver, Hoffman and the subject of sexual harassment, with other panel participants and audience members trying to change the subject, the Post reports, claiming that Oliver himself even tried to move on and talk about the film but Hoffman returned to the harassment claims.

Hoffman said several times Monday night that he didn’t believe he’d done anything wrong, the Post reported. He said he didn’t recall meeting Graham Hunter and that whatever he said on set was simply how members of “a family” talked to one another, the Post says.

“I still don’t know who this woman is,” Hoffman said. “I never met her; if I met her it was in concert with other people.”

The actor said he felt blindsided because neither Oliver nor organizers told him the moderator would raise the subject, according to the Post.

At one point, Hoffman asked Oliver if he believed the reports about him and Oliver said, “Yes, because there’s no point in [an accuser] lying.”

“Well, there’s a point in her not bringing it up for 40 years,” Hoffman said.

“Oh Dustin,” Oliver said disapprovingly, putting his head in his hand.

Oliver said he considered not bringing up the contentious subject at what was intended to be a benign event but decided he had an obligation to do so, the Post reported.

“I can’t leave certain things unaddressed,” the host said. “The easy way is not to bring anything up. Unfortunately that leaves me at home later at night hating myself. ‘Why the … didn’t I say something? No one stands up to powerful men.'”

“Am I the powerful man?” Hoffman asked.

Hoffman later said to Oliver of the allegations against him, “You weren’t there,” and the Last Week Tonight host replied, “I’m happy [I wasn’t],” according to Zeitchik.”

….Continue reading more @ THR