According to an Op-Ed from The Washington Examiner’s Byron York, basically everyone knew that Robert Mueller was suffering mental decline while he was special counsel.

The Washington Examiner: 

The political world was stunned on July 24, 2019, when Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller testified before the House and Senate. It was not anything Mueller said that shocked observers — it was his demeanor. The 74-year-old special counsel appeared confused at times. He sometimes had difficulty answering the most basic questions. He had difficulty forming complex sentences.

The Mueller at the witness table was a far cry from the Mueller who took over the FBI 18 years earlier. Colleagues remembered a man who was super sharp, on top of everything, a micromanager. Now, many of those watching were concerned.

“This is delicate to say,” former Obama aide David Axelrod tweeted, “but Mueller, whom I deeply respect, has not publicly testified before Congress in at least six years. And he does not appear as sharp as he was then.”

Fox News’s Chris Wallace was more blunt: “I think it’s been a disaster for the Democrats,” he said, “and I think it’s been a disaster for the reputation of Robert Mueller.”

Twitter buzzed with talk about Mueller. But President Trump’s legal team was not surprised.

More than a year earlier, at a meeting in April 2018, the president’s lawyers had gotten a disturbing look at Mueller’s condition. And even before that, they had cause to be concerned about Mueller’s possible cognitive issues and what those problems might mean for the special counsel investigation.

The meeting took place on April 24, 2018. Rudy Giuliani had just joined Trump’s defense team. Attorney John Dowd had left the team, and two other white-collar defense lawyers, Jane and Marty Raskin, had joined. Given all those changes, it was decided that the new lineup should have a get-acquainted meeting with the Mueller team.

After opening niceties, the conversation turned to a number of legal topics and specifically to the longstanding opinion from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel that a sitting president cannot be indicted. It was not an obscure or arcane issue. It was, in fact, perhaps the key legal question in the entire special counsel investigation. But Mueller could not recall it. The old Mueller, of course, would have known all about it. But on that day in April, the Mueller at the meeting could not remember. It was, to say the least, extraordinary that he could not discuss something so basic to the case.

“Bob said, ‘I’ll have to get back to you on that,'” recalled Giuliani, “and it was apparent that he didn’t know what we were talking about.” A Mueller staffer stepped in to cover for the special counsel, assuring the Trump team that the prosecutors knew about the issue and would get back to them. “There were a couple of other little facts that came up — it didn’t seem like he knew about them,” Giuliani remembered, “and [Mueller’s staff] would lean over and tell him.”

That was the only time Giuliani ever met with Mueller face-to-face. Afterward, “I had no more contact with him,” Giuliani said. “None of us did until it was over.” Lawyer Jane Raskin, who was also in the meeting, had the same experience. “After that, we never met with Mueller, and we never spoke with him on the phone,” Raskin recalled. “It was all Jim Quarles and Andrew Goldstein” — two of Mueller’s senior prosecutors.

Throughout this time, Giuliani kept in touch with Dowd, the former Trump defense lawyer. The two sometimes discussed Mueller’s demeanor. “I said, ‘John, I’m really surprised about how little he knows about the case,'” Giuliani recalled. The issues weren’t really that complicated, and Mueller had been in it for a year. Giuliani thought Mueller was perhaps just not giving it his all. “John said, ‘I had the same impression,'” Giuliani remembered. “He said, ‘I think he sort of retired, he came back to do this, and now, he probably regrets it.’ I said, ‘OK’ — and that’s what I would have told you the day before he testified.” The day Mueller appeared on Capitol Hill, Giuliani saw without any doubt that something was wrong.

Here was his Tweetstorm on it:


This gives us more evidence that Robert Mueller was the head of the probe but really wasn’t running the thing. He was the special counsel in name only.

Conservatives called this out from the beginning:

One of the lawyers held a fundraiser for Biden:

Even WaPo reported that Mueller’s team was full of Democrats:

But publicly available voter registration information shows that 13 of the 17 members of Mueller’s team have previously registered as Democrats, while four had no affiliation or their affiliation could not be found.

Nine of the 17 made political donations to Democrats, their contributions totaling more than $57,000. The majority came from one person, who also contributed to Republicans. Six donated to Hillary Clinton, Trump’s opponent in the 2016 race.

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