Robert Mueller was"the master when it came to covering up"9/11,according to a lawsuit.
After a lengthy investigation,special counsel Robert Mueller charged Russia made"multiple,systematic efforts to interfere in our election"and said the incursion"deserves the attention of every American."
But former FBI investigators say their old boss didn't feel the same concern when they uncovered multiple,systemic efforts by the Saudi government to assist the hijackers in the lead-up to the 9/11 attacks—a far more consequential,to say nothing of deadly,foreign influence operation on America.
As the head of the FBI at the time,they say Mueller was not nearly as interested in investigating that espionage conspiracy,which also involved foreign intelligence officers.Far from it,the record shows he covered up evidence pointing back to the Saudi Embassy and Riyadh—and may have even misled Congress about what he knew.
9/11 victims agree."He was the master when it came to covering up the kingdom's role in 9/11,"said survivor Sharon Premoli,who was pulled from the rubble of the World Trade Center 18 years ago.
"In October of 2001,Mueller shut down the government's investigation after only three weeks,and then took part in the Bush[administration's]campaign to block,obfuscate and generally stop anything about Saudi Arabia from being released,"added Premoli,now a plaintiff in the 9/11 lawsuit against Saudi Arabia.
In fact,Mueller threw up roadblocks in the path of his own investigators working the 9/11 case,while making it easier for Saudi suspects to escape questioning,multiple case agents told me.Then he deep-sixed what evidence his agents did manage to uncover,according to the 9/11 lawsuit against the Saudis.
Time and again,agents were called off from pursuing leads back to the kingdom's embassy in Washington,as well as its consulate in Los Angeles,where former FBI Agent Stephen Moore headed a 9/11 task force looking into local contacts made by two of the 15 Saudi hijackers,Moore testified in an affidavit for the 9/11 lawsuit.He concluded that"diplomatic and intelligence personnel of Saudi Arabia knowingly provided material support to the two hijackers and facilitated the 9/11 plot."Yet he and his team were not allowed to interview them,according to the suit.
一次又一次，特工们被要求停止追查线索，回到沙特王国驻华盛顿大使馆和驻洛杉矶领事馆。前联邦调查局(FBI)特工斯蒂芬·摩尔(Stephen Moore)在9/11诉讼的宣誓书中作证说，在洛杉矶领事馆，前联邦调查局特工斯蒂芬·摩尔(Stephen Moore)领导着一个9/11特遣队，调查15名。他的结论是，"沙特阿拉伯的外交和情报人员明知故犯地向两名劫机者提供了物质支持，并为911阴谋提供了便利,然而，他和他的团队不被允许采访他们，根据诉讼
In Washington,former FBI Agent John Guandolo,who worked terror cases out of the bureau's DC office,said then-Saudi Ambassador Prince Bandar"should have been treated as a terrorist suspect"for giving money to a woman who funded two of the 9/11 hijackers.But he was never questioned either,Guandolo said.
George W.Bush(center)with Robert Mueller(left)in a Rose Garden ceremony.
乔治·w·布什(中)和罗伯特·穆勒(左)在玫瑰园举行仪式Getty Images 盖蒂图片社
Instead,Mueller obliged what Guandolo called an"outrageous request"from Bandar within days of the attacks to help evacuate from the country dozens of Saudi officials,including at least one Osama bin Laden relative on the terror watch list.Mueller assured their safe passage to planes,using agents as personal escorts,according to FBI documents obtained by Judicial Watch.Agents who should have been interrogating the Saudis instead acted as their bodyguards.
事与愿违，穆勒在恐怖袭击发生后几天内，就接受了班达尔提出的"无耻要求"，帮助数十名沙特官员撤离该国，其中至少有一名奥萨马•本•拉登(Osama bin Laden)的亲属在恐怖分子观察名单上。根据司法观察获得的联邦调查局文件，穆勒使用特工作为私人护送人员，确保他们安全通过飞机。原本应该审问沙特的特工却充当了他们的保镖
In 2002,Mueller prevented agents from arresting the Saudi-sponsored al Qaeda cleric who privately counseled the Saudi hijackers,said Raymond Fournier,an agent with the Joint Terrorism Task Force in San Diego at the time."He was responsible for vacating the arrest warrant for Anwar al-Awlaki for passport fraud,"Fournier said.He even ordered agents who detained the fiend at JFK to release him into the custody of a"Saudi representative,"Fournier said.The FBI closed their investigation of Awlaki,who was allowed to leave the US on a Saudi plane."Shortly thereafter,the Fort Hood shooting occurred and Awlaki's fingerprints were all over that incident,"said former FBI Agent Michael Biasello,who helped work the Texas terror case.
2002年，穆勒阻止特工逮捕由沙特支持、私下为沙特劫机者提供咨询的基地组织(al Qaeda)神职人员，当时在圣地亚哥担任联合反恐特遣部队(Joint Terrorism Task Force)特工的雷蒙德·福尼尔(Raymond Fournier)说。"他负责撤销对安瓦尔奥拉基的护照欺诈的逮捕令，"富尼耶说。富尼耶说，他甚至命令在肯尼迪机场拘留这名恶魔的特工将其交由一名"沙特代表"羁押。美国联邦调查局结束了对奥拉基的调查，奥拉基被允许乘坐沙特阿拉伯的飞机离开美国。协助调查德克萨斯州恐怖案件的前联邦调查局特工 Michael Biasello 说:"此后不久，2009年胡德堡枪击案发生了，Awlaki 的指纹遍布整个事件。"
At the same time,Mueller removed a veteran agent from investigating a tip that an adviser to the Saudi royal family had met with some of the Saudi hijackers at his home in Sarasota,Fla.,effectively killing the case,according to the lawsuit.The home was suddenly abandoned two weeks before 9/11.
Mueller even tried to shut down a congressional investigation into the Saudi hijackers and their contacts in LA and San Diego,said Bob Graham,who led the joint inquiry as Senate Intelligence Committee chair."The strongest objections"to his staff investigators visiting FBI offices there came from the FBI director himself,said Graham,in a 2017 interview with Harper's magazine.Among other things,Mueller refused their demands to question a paid FBI informant who roomed with the hijackers and even moved him to a safe house where they couldn't find him,Graham said.Mueller,with the White House,redacted 28 pages detailing Saudi-9/11 ties from the congressional report.
参议院情报委员会主席鲍勃·格雷厄姆(Bob Graham)说，穆勒甚至试图阻止国会对沙特阿拉伯劫机者及其在洛杉矶和圣地亚哥的联系人展开调查。格雷厄姆在2017年接受《哈珀杂志》(Harper's magazine)采访时表示，对于调查人员访问 FBI 办公室，"最强烈的反对"来自 FBI 局长本人。除此之外，穆勒拒绝了他们的要求，拒绝询问一名受雇于劫机者的联邦调查局线人，甚至把他转移到了一个他们找不到他的安全屋，格雷厄姆说。白宫的穆勒在国会报告中编辑了28页，详细描述了沙特与9/11的关系
He also gave testimony to Congress that was,at the very least,misleading.In an October 2002 closed-door hearing,Mueller claimed he found out about Saudi-9/11 connections only as a result of the joint inquiry's investigative work:"[S]ome facts came to light here and to me,frankly,that had not come to light before."Only,Moore said he gave Mueller"daily"briefings on such connections in 2001.Mueller also testified the hijackers"contacted no known terrorist sympathizers in the United States,"even though the FBI's own case files showed they had contact with at least 14 terrorist suspects and sympathizers in the US prior to 9/11,including some working for the Saudi government.(In later testimony,he tried to walk this back,insisting he"had no intent to mislead.")
While the Beltway media have portrayed Mueller as a by-the-book former Marine whose integrity is as square as his lantern-shaped jaw—a cop who can't be compromised—others know better.
"He's a villain,and an arrogant one to boot,"former FBI Agent Mark Wauck said,adding that his former boss has a long history of acting as a"servant of the deep state,"or the permanent DC ruling class.
A Mueller spokesman declined to comment.But some agents say he was merely following White House orders.
"Any letting the Saudis off the hook came from the White House,"former Agent Mark Rossini said."I can still see that photo of Bandar and Bush enjoying cigars on the balcony of the White House two days after 9/11."
Still,others note the hypocrisy of Mueller going after President Trump for conspiring with a foreign enemy.
"Bottom line is,Mueller did not do an investigation on people involved in the 9/11 attacks who were connected to the Saudi government,"a former US counterintelligence official asserted."Maybe if they were Russians,he would be interested.But he was not interested in investigating[Saudi]terrorists who murdered Americans."