Robert Muller’s Israel
By Jordan Schachtel
June 5, 2018
As the Mueller probe drags along
into year two of its supposed investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016
election, a disturbing pattern has emerged. The special counsel has become
obsessed with the state of Israel. The former FBI director is deeply suspicious,
to the point of total paranoia, that there is a grand conspiracy involving the
Trump campaign and transition officials as potential agents for the Israelis.
George Papadopoulos, the Israeli
On Monday, the Daily Caller
reported that Mueller had allegedly coerced Trump campaign adviser George
Papadopoulos to plead guilty to lesser charges, after threatening that
he would be prosecuted as an Israeli spy.
There isn’t much public
evidence to suggest that Papadopoulos has substantial ties to Israel. Born to
Greek immigrants, he has made a career of working on eastern Mediterranean
energy issues. He has advocated for the very uncontroversial position that there
should be a closer diplomatic and economic bond between Israel, Cyprus, Greece,
and the United States. Nonetheless, the prospect of being prosecuted under the
Espionage Act is terrifying, as a conviction carries a lengthy prison sentence.
While it is supposedly
investigating Russia’s activities in 2016, the Mueller probe’s alleged
Papadopoulos threat is just one of many instances in which the special counsel
has instead exhibited a hyper focus on Israel-related activities.
Gen. Michael Flynn and Israel
In December, Gen. Michael Flynn
pled guilty to making false statements to the FBI. Notably, one of the chargeslevelled
at the decorated general was that during the transition period, he communicated
with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. about a coming vote concerning an
anti-Israel resolution at the United Nations. Although the mainstream media and
the Left accused him of breaching protocol, a transition team reaching out to
world powers prior to entering office is not illegal or unusual. In fact, it’s
a standard, smart practice.
President Obama was notoriously
hostile to Israel, so much so that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly called
the incoming Trump administration and asked if they could rally for the defeat
of the vicious U.N. resolution. The resolution passed anyway, thanks to U.N.
Ambassador Samantha Power’s abstention.
Nonetheless, Mueller found it
necessary to charge Flynn for misleading the FBI about his conversations with
the Russian ambassador about the resolution. Additionally, as the special
counsel probe drags on, evidence has emerged that Flynn did not in fact mislead
the FBI about his conversations.
Jared Kushner and Israel
In November, reports emerged
that Mueller was scrutinizing efforts made by Jared Kushner, a senior aide to
the president, and his efforts to combat the anti-Israel U.N. resolution during
the presidential transition period.
Just as Gen. Flynn had every
right to defend Israel, so did Kushner. Yet Mueller’s team seemingly carried
on for months with
a dedicated effort to examining Kushner’s Israeli ties. As Mueller was digging
into Kushner, targeted hit pieces reporting exclusive information from the
Mueller probe landed in leftist outlets such as the Washington Post, NBC
News, and the New
Flashback: Mueller tries to
“tempt Jews” to betray USA
Mueller’s suspicions of Israel
— and Jews as a whole — go back to his early days as the FBI director.
In 2004, the Mueller FBI alleged
that a massive Israeli spy ring was operating out of the Pentagon. The stunning
revelations sent shockwaves throughout the intelligence community, and it was
followed by endless editorials painting Israel as a nefarious actor seeking to
undermine the United States.
Yet it later turned out
that the allegations were completely bogus. There was no Israeli spy ring, but
rather, what appeared to be a deliberate attempt to target Jews for prosecution.
There were several disturbing instances of the Mueller FBI running sting
operations attempting to “tempt
Jews” to betray their country. “All turned down the offer,”
according to the Washington
Post. Mueller’s attempts to lure Jews into a trap failed. The
botched operation confirmed the
troubling reality that elements of the U.S. intelligence community remained
attached to anti-Semitism.
Mueller sends a team to Israel
Last month, Mueller sent a team
of investigators to Israel in an attempt to
track down the activities of at least twoIsraeli
social media and consulting firms. Mueller’s prosecutors have seemed to
suggest in leaks to the media that the Israeli firms may have colluded with
the president to secure his victory.
However, both companies have
flatly denied that they ever even worked with the Trump campaign in an official
or unofficial capacity, yet Mueller devoted massive resources to flying his team
over to Israel to investigate the matter.
The Trump-Russia dossier and its
backers have their own Jewish conspiracies
If Mueller is indeed relying upon
the rumors gathered in the political opposition document (which was financed by
the Clinton campaign) known as the Trump-Russia dossier (and reports suggest
that he is), his attempts to uncover a series of grand Israeli and Jewish
conspiracies shouldn’t come as a surprise.
According to the dossier,
Russian Jews and Jewish organizations are integral to the supposed links between
President Trump and the Kremlin. As Lee
Smith lays out in an article for Tablet magazine, dossier
producer Glenn Simpson has made it clear in his public testimony that he
believes there is an ongoing “secret Jewish plot to undermine American
To this day, not a single major
allegation in the dossier has been confirmed.
Old habits die hard
The evidence is not on his side, but that hasn’t stopped Mueller from sending agents halfway across the world to chase down leads garnered from politically motivated sources. As his career track record shows, this isn’t the first time Mueller has played the Israeli agent card. The first time, Mueller’s delusions ended up making a hugely embarrassing saga for the FBI. Now one year into the Mueller probe, his special counsel has yet to find evidence for any grand Israeli plot.