Conflict of Interest: Mueller wanted to be FBI Director, I said no - Trump

Thursday - 30/05/2019 12:09
Robert Mueller delivers statements on the 'Russiagate' investigation in Washington © Reuters / Jim Bourg
Robert Mueller delivers statements on the 'Russiagate' investigation in Washington © Reuters / Jim Bourg
President Donald Trump has lashed out at recently retired Special Counsel Robert Mueller, accusing the ‘Russiagate’ investigator of a conflict of interest, after Trump turned him down for a job at the head of the FBI.

“Robert Mueller came to the Oval Office (along with other potential candidates) seeking to be named the Director of the FBI,” Trump tweeted on Thursday. “He had already been in that position for 12 years, I told him NO. The next day he was named Special Counsel - A total Conflict of Interest. NICE!”
 

Robert Mueller came to the Oval Office (along with other potential candidates) seeking to be named the Director of the FBI. He had already been in that position for 12 years, I told him NO. The next day he was named Special Counsel - A total Conflict of Interest. NICE!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2019


Days after firing James Comey, Trump interviewed Mueller as a potential replacement on May 16, 2017. After being passed over, Mueller was appointed special counsel a day later. Trump would go on to appoint Christopher Wray as FBI director. Prior to his appointment as special counsel, Mueller served as FBI Director from 2001 to 2013.

Trump’s latest broadside came a day after Mueller held a rare press conference to discuss the ‘Russiagate’ investigation and announce his retirement as special counsel. Mueller stated that his final report - which cleared Trump of colluding with Russia in the runup to the 2016 election, and found insufficient evidence to prosecute him for obstruction - “speaks for itself.”

Mueller did, however, emphasize that the lack of evidence did not clear Trump of any crime. He also pointed out that a sitting president cannot be indicted for a crime. Though this has long been Justice Department policy, some Democrats and pundits interpreted Mueller’s statement as a call for further investigations and impeachment.

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