So maybe firing Bob Mueller as Special Counsel isn’t such a bad idea after all.
Records from the Federal Elections Commission show that members of Mueller’s legal team hired to handle the Russia investigation have donated almost exclusively to Democrats.
More than half of the more than $56,000 came from just one lawyer and more than half of it was donated before the 2016 election, but two of the lawyers gave the maximum $2,700 donation to Hillary Clinton last year.
Three of the five lawyers have donations in FEC records. They gave overwhelmingly to Democrats, totaling more than $53,000 since 1988. More than half of the donations came from just one of the lawyers, James Quarles, whom Mueller brought over from his old firm, WilmerHale.
Quarles has given nearly $33,000 to political campaigns over the years. He gave money to Democratic presidential candidates Michael Dukakis, Al Gore, John Kerry, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. In addition, Quarles gave more than $10,000 to help Democrats get elected to the House and another $10,000 on the Senate side, including money to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Quarles and Jeannie Rhee, who also left WilmerHale to work on the Russia probe, gave the maximum contribution of $2,700 to Clinton’s campaign last year.
Is it that hard to find an attorney who hasn’t donated to a political campaign? Maybe so, actually.
Mueller’s selections were derided over the weekend by Newt Gingrich, who dismissed the investigation as a witch hunt against the president.
Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair. Look who he is hiring.check fec reports. Time to rethink.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) June 12, 2017
Time to rethink, definitely. Time to act? Possibly.
More tonight, team.