Now retired FBI agent James Gagliano is not convinced with how Robert Mueller has been appointed special counsel in the Russian investigation. Gagliano, who has worked under both, former FBI Director James Comey, and Special Counsel in the Russian probe Robert Mueller, who also headed the bureau, says the two men have a special relationship.
According to Gagliano, he’s had reservations since Mueller’s appointment to oversee the Russia probe last month. The decision was announced only two days after Comey shared memos of his conversations with President Trump.
Talking to CNN host Poppy Harlow on Monday morning, Gagliano said referring to Comey and Mueller, “The only thing that has troubled me from the start [is] … why would you appoint a special prosecutor that has a personal relationship with one of the central figures in the investigation.”
Harlow asked Gagliano to elaborate on his concerns with the way things are proceeding.
“My criticism is the special prosecutor, Robert Mueller, has a personal relationship with former Director Comey,” he reiterated. “Why would you appoint a special prosecutor to conduct an investigation where a central witness and figure has a personal relationship?”
Harlow then turned to legal analyst Paul Callan, who agreed with Gagliano in saying that Mueller was indeed an “odd choice” to oversee the investigation.
“I think to put [Mueller] in charge of the investigation now of Comey — that, maybe, could be problematic,” he explained.
Gagliano’s remarks come only a few days following Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, when he admitted to leaking memos of his private conversations with the president to “a close friend.”
“I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter,” Comey said. “I didn’t do it myself for a variety of reasons, but I asked him to, because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.”
The New York Times first published its report on the leaked information on May 16