Special Counsel Member Jeannie Rhee Once Represented Obama Aide Ben Rhodes
By: KRISTINA WONG
Jeannie Rhee, another lawyer hand-picked by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to serve on the Russia probe, is coming under scrutiny for her pro-Hillary Clinton bias, after two others were forced to leave the team for the same reason.
Rhee represented Obama Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes during Congress's investigation of the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack, while she was an associate at Mueller's law firm, Wilmer Hale, according to congressional records.
This affiliation, pointed out by Fox News host Laura Ingraham on her show Ingraham Angle Tuesday night, is yet another data point of evidence that Mueller's team - whose members have donated overwhelmingly to Democrats and Clinton herself - is heavily biased.
"What Mueller did was hire a pedigree team of obvious partisans," Ingraham said. "They should all step aside ... including Bob Mueller."
Rhee also represented the Clinton Foundation against a racketeering lawsuit brought by a conservative legal activist in June 2015, and donated $5,400 to Clinton's political action committee in 2015 and 2016. She also represented Clinton herself, in a lawsuit seeking access to her private emails, according to CNN.
Prior to joining Wilmer Hale, Rhee was a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel, and an assistant U.S. attorney for D.C.
Scrutiny on Rhee comes after the New York Times reported on Saturday that FBI agent Peter Strzok was removed from the Russia probe over the summer for sending anti-Trump and pro-Clinton texts to another lawyer on the team, Lisa Page, with whom he was having an extramarital affair.
Strzok had also helped lead the investigation into Clinton's private server, recommended clearing her, and also played a major role in the FBI's investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to the Times.
Strzok is still at the FBI, although he is reassigned to its human resources department. Page had left the special counsel team and returned to work at the FBI's general counsel office about a month after Strzok was removed and weeks before the texts were discovered.
Before her assignment on the Russia probe, she worked for FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, whose wife received donations from Clinton allies while running for the Virginia state senate.
On Tuesday, Fox News reported that Mueller's deputy on the Russia probe, Andrew Weissman, had praised former Deputy U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates for defying President Trump's travel ban.
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