State Sen. Leah Vukmir has slammed the FBI and the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, declaring “something is rotten with the way justice is implemented in America today.”
Vukmir, R-Brookfield, who is running for U.S. Senate, made the comments in a Sunday column in the Wall Street Journal that also criticized state prosecutors and the state’s former ethics agency for their involvement in a now-ended secret investigation into Wisconsin Republicans.
Vukmir wrote that “unaccountable investigations and special prosecutors have become typical.”
“Take a look at the investigation of the president by Robert Mueller,” Vukmir wrote. “More than $3 million in taxpayer funds, and what has been accomplished? From Lois Lerner and the IRS to James Comey and the FBI, something is rotten with the way justice is implemented in America today.”
What state Attorney General Brad Schimel called the “John Doe III” investigation — to which Vukmir compared the Russia investigation in the column — did not result in charges.
The Russia investigation, since it began in May, has led to charges against four former members of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign: former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos; former campaign chairman Paul Manafort; Manafort’s deputy, Rick Gates; and Trump’s former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn.
Flynn and Papadopoulos have pleaded guilty to making false statements to investigators. Manafort and Gates have pleaded not guilty to charges against them.
Headed by Mueller, a Republican and former FBI director, the investigation is probing Russian government efforts to interfere in the 2016 election, including any coordination between the Russians and the Trump campaign.
Congressional Republicans generally have been split on the Russia investigation, while Democrats have said it must go forward.
Critics of the probe have become more vocal in recent days after Mueller removed FBI agent Peter Strzok from the investigation “after an internal investigation found messages he sent that could be interpreted as showing political bias” against Trump, CNN reported.
Neither Vukmir nor her opponent for the Republican U.S. Senate nod, Kevin Nicholson, immediately responded Monday to requests for comment on her column. Both are seeking to run against Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin in 2018.