Former FBI agent James Gagliano has more perspective than most on the controversy currently surrounding former FBI Director James Comey and Special Counsel Robert Mueller. He worked under both men at the Bureau.
Ex-FBI agent James Gagliano raises concern about Special Counsel Mueller having “a personal relationship” with Comey https://t.co/0YVUGtiLxG
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That’s why it raised a few eyebrows when he told CNN that he finds something “troubling” about the appointment of Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russia’s election meddling.
After stating that he “respects” both men as the final two FBI directors he worked under, Gagliano said:
“The only thing that has troubled me from the start … why would you appoint a special prosecutor that has a personal relationship with one of the central figures in the investigation.”
Seemingly confused, the CNN anchor asked the former FBI agent to clarify.
“My criticism is the special prosecutor, Robert Mueller, has a personal relationship with former Director Comey,” he replied. “Why would you appoint a special prosecutor to conduct an investigation where a central witness and figure has a personal relationship.”
CNN legal analyst Paul Callan agreed Mueller was an “odd choice” because of his relationship with Comey.