On July 24, President Trump tweeted about how Robert Mueller lied about not applying for the job of FBI Director. Trump also tweeted that Mueller was turned down for the job, “before he was wrongfully appointed Special Counsel.
Trump warned, “Hope he doesn’t say that under oath in that we have numerous witnesses to the….interview, including the Vice President of the United States!”
Once again, it appears that Trump was correct…
It has been reported that Robert Mueller is saying that he did not apply and interview for the job of FBI Director (and get turned down) the day before he was wrongfully appointed Special Counsel. Hope he doesn’t say that under oath in that we have numerous witnesses to the…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2019
Was Mueller’s witch hunt retribution for Trump rejecting him for the job of FBI director?
Fox News reports – The president has repeatedly claimed that Mueller – who served as FBI director under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama – met with him about returning to lead the Justice Department. The president has pointed to this to argue it was a conflict for Mueller to become special counsel, saying he opted against hiring Mueller as FBI director.
But Mueller, in his July Congressional testimony, denied the claim, saying he believed he was giving “input” to the president about the position.
“My understanding was I was not applying for the job,” Mueller said on July 24. “I was asked to give my input on what it would take to do the job.”
Watch, as Rep. Louie Gohmert makes Mueller admit that he and Comey were good friends.
Multiple administration officials tell Fox News that when Robert Mueller met with President Trump in May of 2017, Mueller was indeed pursuing the open post as the director of the FBI – something the former Russia probe special counsel denied under oath during congressional testimony this summer.
These officials also told Fox News government documents showed Mueller was pursuing the job as a candidate himself.
It came as emails released this month through a Freedom of Information Act request by the conservative group Judicial Watch seemed to indicate Mueller knew there was a real possibility he could be named special counsel if he wasn’t chosen as the next FBI director.