Yet every other member of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigative crew is going through questions over doable bias after it emerged that she used to constitute ex-Obama aide Ben Rhodes and the Clinton Foundation.
Jeannie Rhee is a former spouse at WilmerHale—the high-profile legislation company the place Mueller labored previous to taking at the particular recommend function. She is one in all a minimum of 3 lawyers who adopted Mueller from WilmerHale.
At the company, Rhee keen on representing other folks in executive investigations, together with white-collar felony probes and felony and civil fraud issues.
But this week, main points of Rhee’s shopper relationships emerged, revealing that she represented Obama Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes all through the House Select Committee on Benghazi’s investigation of the 2012 Benghazi terrorist assault.
Rhee’s connection to Rhodes was once first published on Fox News by way of Laura Ingraham on Tuesday, the place the primetime host cited it as extra proof that Mueller’s crew is biased.
Also this week, it was once reported that Rhee represented the Clinton Foundation in 2015 towards a racketeering lawsuit introduced by way of conservative criminal activist crew Freedom Watch in 2015. Rhee additionally represented former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a lawsuit in the hunt for get admission to to her personal emails.
On the Mueller crew, Rhee reportedly is concentrated at the claims that the president attempted to impede justice and push former FBI Director James Comey off of the Russia investigation previous this 12 months.
Rhee married the previous Christopher Sclafani, who took his spouse’s final identify, in 1995, after the 2 met at Yale University. Mr. Rhee, additionally an lawyer, has a historical past of operating with distinguished Democrats, serving as a unique assistant to then-Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder, and as recommend to Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., at the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Mr. Rhee didn’t reply to Fox News’ request for remark.
Aside from her non-public relationships with distinguished political figures at the left, Rhee has a historical past of huge political donations to Democrats. Rhee donated a complete of $five,400 to Clinton in 2015 and 2016. Rhee additionally donated a mixed $four,800 to Obama in 2008, and an identical quantity once more in 2011. Rhee has additionally contributed smaller quantities of cash to the Democratic National Committee and a couple of Democrats operating for Congress.
Rhee, additionally was once an assistant U.S. lawyer for the District of Columbia, and labored below FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, whose spouse was once given donations from Clinton allies whilst operating for Virginia state senate.
Allegations of anti-Trump bias have dogged Mueller’s crew, even supposing the particular recommend himself has been appointed to 5 Senate-confirmed positions by way of 4 other presidents—two Republicans, and two Democrats. Mueller is alleged to be a life-long Republican, serving as FBI director for President George W. Bush.
Justice Department insurance policies and federal legislation restrict discriminating in response to political association in terms of hiring for nonpolitical positions.
The Special Counsel’s place of work advised Fox News they’d no remark at the perceived bias of the crew, however pointed to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s feedback previous this 12 months.
“If there have been conflicts that arose, on account of Director Mueller or anyone hired by way of Director Mueller, we’ve a procedure inside the [Justice Department] to handle that,” Rosenstein stated on Fox News.
But the new Rhee main points emerged this week after FBI authentic Peter Strzok was once got rid of from Mueller’s Russia probe following the invention of anti-Trump textual content messages between him and every other former Mueller investigator, Lisa Page.
Strzok, who was once an FBI counterintelligence agent, had labored at the Mueller probe, however was once reassigned to the FBI’s human assets department after the invention of the anti-Trump texts with Page, with whom he was once reportedly having an affair. Page was once in brief on Mueller’s crew, however returned to the FBI over the summer time.
Republicans in each chambers of Congress are calling for the disclosure of the messages. Justice Department officers at the moment are reviewing over 10,000 texts, a procedure that might take weeks.
Fox News realized that Strzok oversaw the FBI’s interviews with Trump’s fired-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who pleaded to blame final week to mendacity to FBI investigators within the Russia probe. Strzok was once additionally provide all through the FBI’s July 2016 interview with Hillary Clinton on the shut of the e-mail investigation, in a while earlier than then-FBI director James Comey known as her movements “extremely careless” with out recommending felony fees.
Also this week, it emerged that Andrew Weissmann, every other former affiliate at WilmerHale, praised then-outgoing appearing Attorney General Sally Yates after she was once fired by way of President Trump previous this 12 months for refusing to shield his debatable commute ban.
An electronic mail, bought by way of Judicial Watch via a federal lawsuit, confirmed that at the night time of Jan. 30, Weissmann wrote to Yates below the topic line, “I am so proud.”
He endured, “And in awe. Thank you so much. All my deepest respects.”
Weissmann additionally has a historical past of Democratic donations. He donated a mixed $2,300 to Obama’s marketing campaign in 2008. In 2006, Weissmann contributed a minimum of $2,000 to the Democratic National Committee.
Rhee, Weissmann and a minimum of six different lawyers on Mueller’s crew have donated to Democratic applicants and to the Democratic Party.
Fox News’ Jake Gibson and James Rosen contributed to this document.