James Comey and Robert Mueller Leveraged Their Government Ties For Profit
US President Donald Trump slammed fired FBI director James Comey in a Monday Tweet, returning to his claim that the probe by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 Election is a “witch hunt.”
“Mueller is Comey’s best friend,” President Trump said in the Tweet.
Former disgraced and sacked FBI Director James Comey and special counsel Robert Mueller both profited by using their relationship as a revolving door to gain “millions of dollars,” author Seamus Bruner said in a TV interview Monday evening.
Mr. Bruner, who wrote the Government Accountability Institute’s “Compromised: How Money and Politics Drive FBI Corruption,” said that Mr. Comey earned $6.1-M as Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE:LMT) general counsel in the year after Mr. Mueller, then director of the FBI, awarded a $1-B contract to the company.
Mr. Bruner said that in Y 2005 Comey was worth only $206,000 and had a mortgage, but then after going to work for Lockheed Martin he was worth millions of dollars by Y 2009, which the author labeled as “turning your public service into self-service.”
“I love capitalism,” Mr. Bruner said. “Capitalism is great. It what makes America Great, but this is not capitalism. This is crony capitalism. It’s helping out your buddies. Robert Mueller and James Comey have known each other a very long time, going back to the late 90’s.”
Mr. Bruner added that Mr. Mueller also cashed in by going to work for multiple clients that he dealt with at the FBI.
Mr. Bruner conceded that most people have come to accept such a revolving door from government service and it might even make sense for experts from government working at the contractors contracting with the government, but he stressed that it was a serious problem “when justice becomes compromised by conflict of interest and money.”