The Justice Department’s new anti-Trump investigator, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, misled Congress in 2006 about FBI surveillance of peaceful anti-Iraq War groups, according to a 2010 DOJ inspector general report. On Wednesday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein tasked Mueller with investigating President Donald J. Trump’s nonexistent election collusion with Russia.
The report examines Senate testimony Mueller provided about FBI surveillance of a 2002 anti-war protest in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, saying that Mueller “unintentionally provided inaccurate testimony to Congress in May 2006.” According to the report from the DOJ Office of the Inspector General, Mueller took at their word FBI staff either lying or incompetently ignorant about the intention of the Pittsburgh surveillance operation, which tracked Catholic pacifists associated with the Thomas Merton Center.
Mueller’s FBI surveiled American citizens trying to halt the inevitably disastrous Iraq invasion that was to come—all under the false pretense of fighting terrorism.
“In late November 2002,” read the report, “a probationary FBI agent in the Pittsburgh Field Division attended a public anti-war leafleting event sponsored by the Thomas Merton Center. The agent’s supervisor sent him to the rally on a slow work day (the day after Thanksgiving) and instructed him to look for Pittsburgh Field Division international terrorism subjects.”
That’s even though Mueller told Congress the FBI attended the event with a specific terrorism-related individual in mind.
With Democrat extremists, alongside backstabbing Republicans like John McCain and Lindsey Graham, frothing at their mouths for war with nuclear-armed Russia, how can anyone take Mueller seriously as a Trump investigator?
In Feb. 2003, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov wisely called on the United States to exercise patience with United Nations weapons inspectors in Iraq before launching an invasion. The U.S. did not and invaded nonetheless in April 2003.
“I oppose the war in Iraq, and I say so on the Senate floor all the time,” complained Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy to Mueller at a May 2nd, 2006 Judiciary Committee hearing referenced in the OIG report. “Maybe I should get my FBI report.”
Leahy voted against the war in Oct. 2002.
“We were attempting to identify an [allegedly terrorism-connected] individual,” Mueller incorrectly stated to Leahy. “The agents were not concerned about the political dissent. They were attempting to identify an individual who happened to be, we believed, in attendance at that rally.”
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According to the DOJ inspector general report, Mueller’s “FBI provided inaccurate information about the incident to the public and to Congress by claiming that the surveillance related to a particular person of interest in a terrorism investigation.”
Further, the DOJ inspector general, Glenn Fine, complained that, under now Trump investigator Mueller’s leadership, the FBI had “improperly retained” information about animal rights activists with PETA, environmentalists with Greenpeace USA, pacifists with the Catholic Worker Movement, and Quaker anti-war activist Glen Milner.
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