Former FBI Director James Comey and special counsel Robert Mueller both profited by using their relationship as a revolving door to gain “millions of dollars,” author Seamus Bruner said on Fox’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight.“
Bruner, who wrote the Government Accountability Institute’s “Compromised: How Money and Politics Drive FBI Corruption,” said that Comey earned $6.1 million as Lockheed Martin’s general counsel in the year after Mueller, then director of the FBI, awarded a $1 billion contract to the company.
Bruner said that in 20005 Comey was worth just a modest $206,000 and had a mortgage, but then after going to work for Lockheed Martin he was worth millions of dollars by 2009, which the author labeled as “turning your public service into self-service.”
“I love capitalism,” Bruner said. “Capitalism is great. It what makes America great, but this is not capitalism. This is crony capitalism. It’s helping out your buddies. Robert Mueller and James Comey have known each other a very long time, going back to the late 90s.”
Bruner added that Mueller also cashed in by going to work for multiple clients that he dealt with at the FBI.
Bruner conceded that most people have come to accept such a revolving door from government service and it might even make sense for experts from government working at the contractors contracting with the government, but he stressed that it was a serious problem “when justice becomes compromised by conflict of interest and money.”
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