It’s been known for some time that the team assembled by special counsel Robert Mueller to look into collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign (and “related matters”) leaned Democrat. But it’s worse than we thought. The Daily Caller News Foundation has taken a closer look at the political donations given by these individuals, on both the federal and state levels, and what they found is really quite stunning.
This is the first time the political affiliations of the entire team have been reported. Out of 16 lawyers Mueller chose for his team, not one is a registered Republican. (One lawyer, Zainab Ahmad, appears to have registered at age 18 as a Republican, but later rethought that decision and became unaffiliated.) Thirteen are registered Democrats, and the other three don’t specify a party affiliation.
There’s a 17th person on the team, but the DCNF couldn’t look into that one at all, because his or her name has not been disclosed. What?? That in itself is a concern. Think this “mystery investigator” is Mueller’s lone Republican? Pardon my cynicism, but not a chance. I wouldn’t be surprised if it were Hillary, and she’s keeping her time sheets under wraps at home.
For crying out loud, could the special counsel not find even ONE Republican to put on the investigation, if only to give the appearance of nonpartisanship? Perhaps not doing so is Mueller’s way of exercising his virtually unlimited power, a sort of “in your face” display to tell us he doesn’t HAVE to care one bit what it looks like.
It’s been previously reported, from Federal Election Commission records, that members of the team have given $62,000 in donations to Democrats. Lawyer Jeannie Rhee was quite generous, maxing out her contributions to Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2015 and 2016 and donating thousands to Obama in 2008 and 2011. One member, James Quarles III, did manage to scrape up $2,750 for Republican candidates, but that is dwarfed by the nearly $38,000 he gave to Democratic campaigns. No other lawyers on the team besides him are known to have contributed to any Republican campaign.
The DCNF decided to look at state databases as well, to see if any money at all went to Republicans. They were able to turn up almost $12,000 given at the state level. All to Democrats.
When confronted with the results of this research, the office of the special counsel had no comment, except to repeat the boilerplate that Justice Department guidelines prohibit Mueller from taking party affiliation into consideration in his hiring choices. But perhaps he didn’t really have to. Perhaps the higher echelons of government are so populated with Obama holdovers that the odds were overwhelmingly in favor of their being tapped for a job like this. Or perhaps Mueller simply looked for the most rabid anti-Trump pit bulls he could find, and they all, unsurprisingly, turned out to be Democrats.
Of course, it must be noted that not all rabidly anti-Trump pit bulls ARE Democrats. Trump Derangement Syndrome hits Republicans, too –- think John McCain, and Mitt Rommey before he decided to curry favor for his Utah Senate run –- and that might explain why someone like Mueller, an actual in-the-flesh registered Republican who has given to GOP campaigns at both the federal and state levels, would assemble a group like this, a team that included compulsive texter Peter Strzok (now reassigned) and confirmed evidence-withholder Andrew Weissmann (still there). It’s hard to come up with any other explanation.