Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh and other far-right media are now trying to trash Mueller by tying him to an old FBI scandal about Whitey Bulger. But they are lying. And now they’re being called out by a federal judge who was involved with the case.
On Wednesday, Judge Nancy Gertner wrote an interesting op-ed in the New York Times rebuffing the suggestions made by Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh that Bob Mueller was responsible for the wrongful imprisonment of four men to protect the identity of gangster and FBI informant Whitey Bulger.
Judge Gertner presided over a lawsuit that was brought by two of the imprisoned men and the families of the two others who died in prison. Gertner wrote on Wednesday that there was absolutely no evidence to show that Mueller was involved in the scandal.
“I was unsparing in my criticism of the FBI and Justice Department officials who were responsible for this wrongful imprisonment. I named names where the record supported it,” Gertner wrote. “I resoundingly condemned the government in an unusual court session in which I read my conclusions.”
“Mr. Mueller is mentioned nowhere in my opinion; nor in the submissions of the plaintiffs’ lead trial counsel, Juliane Balliro; nor in ‘Black Mass,’ the book about Mr. Bulger and the FBI written by former reporters for The Boston Globe.”
“I can say without equivocation that Mr. Mueller, who worked in the United States attorney’s office in Boston from 1982 to 1988, including a brief stint as the acting head of the office, had no involvement in that case. He was never even mentioned.”
But those facts aren’t stopping Hannity and Limbaugh from spewing their lies. In March, Hannity said, “Robert Mueller was the U.S. attorney in charge while these men were rotting in prison while certain agents in the F.B.I. under Mueller covered up the truth.” And he’s repeated that lie many times over the past few weeks.
Just last week, Limbaugh said, “The men would have been cleared but Mueller and the prosecutors withheld evidence from the court,” adding, “Thirty years in jail, four innocent people, from the man of impeccable integrity inside the establishment swamp.”
But Gertner says that “the record simply doesn’t support these assertions.”
Gertner concludes her piece saying,
“When Mr. Hannity and others say Mr. Mueller was responsible for the continued imprisonment of those four men, they are simply wrong — unless they have information that I, Ms. Balliro, the House investigators and the “Black Mass” authors did not and do not have. If they do, they should produce it. If they don’t, they should stop this campaign to discredit Mr. Mueller.”
This is just the latest attempt by Trump’s supporters to discredit Mueller while he’s working on the Russia collusion investigation. And once again, they have nothing but lies.