Conflict of Interest? Mueller's FBI Has a History With Russian Oligarch Oleg Deripask

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Conflict of Interest? Mueller's FBI Has a History With Russian Oligarch Oleg Deripaska



New concerns have been raised regarding a possible conflict of interest in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia collusion probe, involving a Russian oligarch, the FBI, and its failed attempt to get him to assist in the investigation.

Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska is a name that pops up from time to time in the collusion narrative, though it has been conspicuously absent from Mueller’s indictments. Now, a new report published at The Hill by investigative reporter John Solomon could help explain why: Deripaska has a history of working with Mueller's FBI.

According to Solomon's sources, the Bureau in 2009 asked the oligarch to spend millions of his own dollars to fund an FBI-supervised operation to rescue retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who was captured in Iran while working for the CIA in 2007. The sources include more than a dozen participants inside and outside the FBI, the Levinson family, a retired agent who supervised the case, Deripaska's lawyer, and Deripaska himself.

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I read the actual Hill article. The crux seems to be that Mueller left Deripaska out of the Mueller indictment because he helped the FBI once and therefor that’s a conflict of interest (at least I guess that’s what they are trying it say?)

I was alerted to Deripaska’s past FBI relationship by U.S. officials who wondered whether the Russian’s conspicuous absence from Mueller’s indictments might be related to his FBI work.
But they also say this

Mueller’s indictment of Manafort makes no mention of Deripaska, even though prosecutors have evidence that Manafort contemplated inviting his old Russian client for a 2016 Trump campaign briefing. Deripaska said he never got the invite and investigators have found no evidence it occurred. There’s no public evidence Deripaska had anything to do with election meddling.
So yeah, it makes no sense at all

This is pretty lol though

First, as the FBI prepared to get authority to surveil figures on Trump’s campaign team, did it disclose to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that one of its past Russian sources waived them off the notion of Trump-Russia collusion? [FONT=allerregular, Palatino Linotype, Book Antiqua, Palatino, serif]

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More.


Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz told Solomon he believes Mueller has "a conflict of interest" because of the FBI's past dealings with the Russian.

“The real question becomes whether it was proper to leave [Deripaska] out of the Manafort indictment, and whether that omission was to avoid the kind of transparency that is really required by the law,” Dershowitz said.

Deripaska's ties to Mueller could prove to be embarrassing to Mueller, George Washington University constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley told The Hill. "If the operation with Deripaska contravened federal law, this figure could be viewed as a potential embarrassment for Mueller. The question is whether he could implicate Mueller in an impropriety,” he said.


"There's questions as to whether a promise was made to pay for hostages, whether there was anything that could be deemed a bribe for foreign officials, whether there was a quid pro quo," the professor added. "What did this individual expect in return? This is not someone who is known for doing pro-bono work. He has close ties to the Russian government. He has some rather shady associations. He doesn't put himself at risk, use his time, and put forward a lot of money unless he expects something in return."

 
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So what, specifically, is the conflict of interest? This is also from the same article, and it seems to destroy their own argument

Mueller’s indictment of Manafort makes no mention of Deripaska, even though prosecutors have evidence that Manafort contemplated inviting his old Russian client for a 2016 Trump campaign briefing. Deripaska said he never got the invite and investigators have found no evidence it occurred. There’s no public evidence Deripaska had anything to do with election meddling.
 

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