Shortly after his appointment as Special Counsel to investigate Russia’s
alleged interference into the 2016 presidential election, a former
colleague characterized Robert Mueller as “ramrod straight” and “utterly
incorruptible.” Similar language was breathlessly repeated in
mainstream media outlets such as Politico, BBC, and Time magazine.
Mueller’s Vietnam-era service in the United States Marine Corps and 2004
tag-team with then-Deputy Attorney General James Comey to (supposedly)
save American democracy from warrantless spying are mainstays of these
biographies, sending a clear message that his integrity is not to be
questioned, that his dedication to evenhanded justice is beyond
It’s always suspicious when anyone’s credibility is pushed hard like
this, but that goes double when the same person was FBI director for 12
years—spanning across both the Bush and Obama administrations from 2001
to 2013—yet most people can’t remember anything about him. We should
remember things such as actions he took to impartially uphold the law.
Sadly, that is not the case. What stands out most during then-FBI
Director Mueller’s term in office is the two-tiered system of justice,
when obvious crimes and scandals involving government officials and
private-sector elites were ignored or even covered up by the FBI. Much
of the worst behavior of government officials in the Bush and Obama
administrations was given a pass by Mueller’s FBI, as well as a megabank
that laundered billions of dollars for Mexican drug cartels and
sponsors of terror.
Simply put: Mueller helped to create the swamp that needs to be drained.
He’s a dirty cop with no business being anywhere near any national
security investigation, but especially one involving James Comey.
Major Scandals During Mueller’s FBI Years:
At the nation’s top cop, then-FBI Director Mueller had massive resources
to investigate crimes, as well as the ability to arrest suspects and
recommend prosecution of the offenders. The following is an abbreviated
list of major scandals and likely crimes that Mueller did not
meaningfully investigate as FBI Director—no arrests, no consequences:
Falsification of Iraq War intelligence (2003):information
providing the sole justification for a war that caused the death and
dismemberment of thousands of American soldiers was later found to be
fabricated, false, or overstated at the time it was presented to the
public. Mueller not only failed to investigate and arrest any of the
perpetrators of this deception—he actively participated in the plot:
Vanishing Currency (2003):
the US sent $12,000,000,000 in $100 bills to the Iraq War combat
theater, which mostly went unaccounted for once it entered the country
NSA Warrantless Surveillance (2001-2013):
illegal collection of domestic phone records and internet
communications that were sent or received by US citizens, in violation
of Fourth Amendment protections against warrantless search and seizure, followed by potential perjury committed by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who denied the practices under oath; the 2013 Snowden revelations proved that the 2004 story about Comey and Mueller stopping illegal surveillance practices meant absolutely nothing in reality
discovery that several top Bush administration officials violated the
Presidential Records Act by using an RNC server for email communications
while conducting official business, followed by the deletion of millions of the same emails
IRS Targeting (2010-2013):
the IRS intentionally selected and then delayed or denied tax-exempt
501(c)(3) applications from conservative groups to prevent them from
participating in the 2012 election, followed by IRS agent Lois Lerner invoking her Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination
Fast and Furious (2010):
this ATF program, which seems to have served no rational purpose,
allowed over 2,000 guns to be purchased illegally inside the United
States and then “walked” into Mexico for use by criminals, one of which
was later used in the 2010 murder of Border Agent Brian Terry by the member of a Mexican cartel
Associated Press Spying (2012):
the Department of Justice illegally seized the communications of AP
reporters made during April and May 2012, allowing the DOJ to unmask
journalists’ confidential sources
Russian Uranium Deal (2009-2013):
Hillary Clinton’s State Department approved a deal allowing a Russian
company to control 20% of the uranium mining production capacity inside the United States, which was followed by millions of dollars in donations to the Clinton Foundation from people associated with the transaction
Clinton Private Email Server (2009-2013):
during her entire tenure as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton dodged
Freedom of Information Act requirements by using a private email server
to conduct official government business, as well as sent and received
classified information that was Top Secret over an unsecured system—an
“extremely reckless” (and obviously illegal) act
HSBC Bank Money Laundering Scandal:
Although nowhere near as famous as the other examples, the HSBC money
laundering case reveals the complete and total corruption of federal law
enforcement toward the end of Mueller’s term as FBI Director.
Ignoring the obvious, HSBC inexplicably designated Mexico a “low risk” country for money laundering, allowing shady depositors and known drug kingpins to deposit billions of US dollars—in cash—into
bank accounts in HSBC Mexico, followed by the same money becoming
accessible at HSBC in the US. With legitimate-looking banking, the
Mexican drug cartels were given huge expansion potential inside the US that
would otherwise have been easily detected if they had tried to purchase
properties, vehicles, and shell businesses here using large pallets of cash.
Much of the cash crossing the US-Mexico border (estimated at $25 billion per year in 2010) found a ready home in HSBC branches south of the Rio Grande. HSBC Mexico made billions of dollars in suspicious transactions,
such as customers depositing hundreds of thousands of US dollars into a
single bank account in a single day, during which the cash was put
through teller windows in boxes that were designed to fit through the window openings.
Because there was virtually no investigation into these transactions or
even the identities of depositors, who included high-profile drug
dealers, accounts were rarely closed due to the suspicious activity.
After all, Mexico was a “low risk” country for money laundering at the
Terrorists and Rogue Nations: The bank’s practices also allowed terrorist groups and rogue nations to have access to our financial
markets in a similar manner, facilitating financing of their activities
inside this country, as well as providing greater international
investment possibilities for sanctioned regimes—including $19 billion
deposited from Iran into
HSBC’s foreign affiliate banks. There were also lax rules for setting
up relationships with affiliate banks in other countries, which included
at least one Saudi Arabian bank with ties to funding terrorism.
Policies Prevented Catching Crooks: Even in the rare instance where money laundering controls were in place, inadequate follow-up measures undermined any intervention. The US division of HSBC allowed thousands of suspicious accounts to remain open after they
were flagged for closure. “Know your customer” practices were virtually
nonexistent, which allowed bad actors to get around things like Iranian
sanctions and Patriot Act protections, which in turn was aggravated by
bank employees doing things like deleting information about the country of origin on deposits from places like Iran. Large-scale warnings, such as the migration of billions of US dollars in cash deposits into
HSBC Mexico, went unnoticed because the bank apparently had no system
in place to monitor such activity. To say all of this was “extremely
reckless” would be an understatement—it’s inconceivable that the bank’s
employees and executives didn’t know.
“Ramrod” Mueller to the Rescue: What
did Mueller do to aggressively investigate and shut down this massive
“foreign influence” involving our country’s drug epidemic and possibly
even terrorism? Basically nothing. No bank executives or employees were arrested or jailed. People have spent more time in jail for smoking a joint than any HSBC executive or employee did for facilitating drug cartel business and terrorist financing.
With all of the investigation already completed and in the public eye as
a result of the Senate investigation, the Department of Justice was finally forced
to file a four-count felony indictment against defendant HSBC on
December 11, 2012, which included three felony counts relating to
insufficient anti-money laundering practices and one count for violation
of the Trading With The Enemy Act.
The same day, then-US Attorney Lynch led a press conference alleging
that (1) an alphabet soup of federal agencies had conducted a serious
investigation and (2) the “record fine” was somehow adequate punishment.
Notably, “ramrod straight” Mueller and Holder were not present, despite the obvious national importance of the case. In press releases, The DOJ (echoed by the FBI,
which re-posted DOJ’s release) bragged about the “heavy price” of the
fine being imposed. Despite the “heavy price” paid for its rampant
criminal behavior, HSBC was somehow able to sponsor the star-studded 2014 Clinton Global Initiative. (The Clinton Foundation also received up to $81,000,000 in donations from HSBC’s illustrious group of accountholders.)
But not everyone bought into Lynch’s sales pitch. Even CBS News seemed suspicious of the deal, which was obviously disproportionate to the criminal conduct involved (VIDEO).
While a US citizen sending money to terrorists can result in a 20-year prison sentence, and many US citizens have been sentenced to decades n prison for even marijuana-related crimes, the bank’s executives and employees never spent one day in jail for
their roles in assisting terrorist-connected nations and Mexican drug
cartels to do business—an example of the “two systems” of justice than
many Americans believe exist between the elites and regular citizens.
If drug dealers and terror supporters are by the FBI using search
warrants, controlled transactions, confidential informants, wiretaps,
GPS tracking, interrogations, and other regularly-used police tactics,
why wouldn’t Mueller have done something to build a case here the same way?
When he joined HSBC,
Comey left a job working as general counsel for Bridgewater Associates
hedge fund, where he earned over $6.6 million per year, for a position
at a disgraced criminal bank—one recently charged with laundering El
Chapo’s money—that paid under $200,000 per year (approximately three percent of
his salary at Bridgewater). It’s hard to say why anyone would take that
job, and that pay cut, unless there was some additional motivation.
While Comey may have provided HSBC a Norman Rockwell face for its money
laundering reform program, it’s unclear whether Comey actually reformed
any of the bank’s practices. It was later discovered that during the
same timeframe, from 2010 to 2014, HSBC was involved in laundering hundreds of millions of dollars in Russia—a scheme with direct ties to
the Kremlin and Vladimir Putin. Apparently Comey missed this activity
while looking for “vulnerabilities” in HSBC’s “financial system.”
Comey left HSBC in July 2013 to become FBI Director when Mueller stepped down.
Mueller Became Partner at a Law Firm That Represented HSBC: In its 2012 Year In Review,
law firm Wilmer Hale indicated the following: “our regulatory,
transactional, securities and investigations experience converged in our
representation of HSBC in connection with Department of Justice and
If Mueller couldn’t (or wouldn’t) stop any of these obviously corrupt
and criminal practices during his own term as FBI Director, it’s hard to
believe that he will conduct a fair and impartial investigation into
the politically-charged assumption of “Russian interference” in the 2016
Recent leaks indicate that Special Counsel Mueller is examining one of the President’s 2008 Palm Beach real estate deals, as well as the 2013 Miss Universe competition held in Moscow. How either one could have any influence on
the 2016 presidential election is almost impossible to imagine. What we
do know is this: back in those same years, Mueller did nothing to money
launderers, election-riggers, and other people who could and should have been investigated and arrested.
Mueller isn’t the one to investigate the swamp—Mueller is the swamp. He should be fired immediately.