Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) on Saturday, July 11, reacted to former special counsel Robert Mueller’s op-ed defending his team’s decision to prosecute Roger Stone as part of the Russia investigation.
“Paging Robert Mueller. Andrew Weissman and Aaron Zelinsky are using your name again,” Collins tweeted, referencing to two members of Mueller’s team who prosecuted the Stone case.
Paging Robert Mueller.
Andrew Weissman and Aaron Zelinsky are using your name again. https://t.co/syTn15Qjhv
— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) July 12, 2020
Stone, 67, was convicted of making false statements to Congress about his discussions related to WikiLeaks, the group that released emails hacked from Democrats during the 2016 campaign. He was also convicted on a charge of obstructing a congressional investigation and witness tampering.
The White House announced Stone’s commutation on Friday, days before Stone was set to begin a 40-month prison sentence, arguing that Stone was the victim of a collusion hoax “that was perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump presidency.”
“As it became clear that these witch hunts would never bear fruit, the Special Counsel’s Office resorted to process-based charges leveled at high-profile people in an attempt to manufacture the false impression of criminality lurking below the surface. These charges were the product of recklessness borne of frustration and malice. This is why the out-of-control Mueller prosecutors, desperate for splashy headlines to compensate for a failed investigation, set their sights on Mr. Stone,” said White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
“Mr. Stone was charged by the same prosecutors from the Mueller Investigation tasked with finding evidence of collusion with Russia. Because no such evidence exists, however, they could not charge him for any collusion-related crime. Instead, they charged him for his conduct during their investigation,” she added.
In his op-ed for The Washington Post, Mueller defended the investigation of Stone, saying, “We made every decision in Stone’s case, as in all our cases, based solely on the facts and the law and in accordance with the rule of law.”
“The women and men who conducted these investigations and prosecutions acted with the highest integrity,” he continued. “Claims to the contrary are false.”
While Mueller maintained that his team was unable to establish a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, he notes that his team determined the Trump campaign “expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts.”
Mueller was hammered for offering what was considered a tepid testimony to House investigators last year. Former acting Director National Intelligence Richard Grenell on Saturday echoed Collins’s comments, saying, “Everyone who saw him testify knows this is true.”
Everyone who saw him testify knows this is true. https://t.co/vmI2aztepM
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) July 12, 2020
Andrew Weismann, one of the Mueller team’s most prominent members, has drawn criticism for his anti-Trump bias. He planned to hold a fundraising event for former Vice President Joe Biden in May but later canceled it.
Aaron Zelinsky took Stone’s case to trial, and was one of four prosecutors who quit the case after U.S. Attorney General William Barr softened the sentencing recommendation for Stone below the seven-to-nine years prosecutors initially sought. During a House Judiciary Committee hearing last month, Zelinsky accused Barr of politicizing Stone’s case.
Who are the four prosecutors (Mueller people?) who cut and ran after being exposed for recommending a ridiculous 9 year prison sentence to a man that got caught up in an investigation that was illegal, the Mueller Scam, and shouldn’t ever even have started? 13 Angry Democrats?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2020