Flashback: Robert Mueller Recused Himself in 2006 When Involved in Case with Acquaintance
Earlier this month FOX News legal expert Gregg Jarrett insisted Robert Mueller should disqualify himself from special counsel due to his longtime relationship with James Comey.
Gregg Jarrett said Mueller must recuse himself.
Gregg Jarrett: If you look at the special counsel statute it says you cannot serve as special counsel if you have a personal relationship with someone who is central to the case. If this Washington Post story is true, it’s now Trump against Comey. Comey is now the star witness, the key witness against Trump. Well, guess what? Comey and Mueller are longtime close personal friends, partners, allies. They were joined at the hip at the DOJ and FBI. It’s a mentor-protege relationship. How is this fair to Donald Trump because Mueller is now going to decide whether to believe his good friend or the man who fired his good friend…
… This is the kind of stuff over which lawyers get disbarred. If does not resign then Rod Rosenstein out to fire Mueller.
What Jarrett said was absolutely correct.
In fact, Robert Mueller recused himself from a case in 2006 due to his relationship with the defendant in the Decker College inquiry. Mueller and the college president William Weld were friends and former colleagues.
The New York Times reported:
The F.B.I. director will not play a role in the inquiry into Decker College, the Kentucky school once run by William F. Weld, because the director and Mr. Weld, a Republican candidate for governor, are friends and former colleagues, an F.B.I. spokesman said yesterday. The New York Post reported the decision by Robert Mueller, the director, yesterday. The New York Democratic Party had asked that Mr. Mueller recuse himself, according to a party spokesman. Mr. Weld has not been accused of any wrongdoing involving Decker, which declared bankruptcy last fall amid allegations of fraud.