Bad Cop: Mueller Opposed Pardons for Four Innocent Men
Robert Mueller, the Special Counsel investigating President Donald J. Trump’s alleged “Russian collusion” during the 2016 election cycle refused to pardon four men who were probably innocent, instead letting them rot in jail.
“As FBI director in 2002, Special Counsel Robert Mueller directed his agents to oppose the pardons of four wrongfully imprisoned men because exculpatory evidence was merely ‘fodder for cross-examination,'” according to a Daily Caller report.
The four men, Louie Greco, Henry Tameleo, Peter Limone and Joe Salvati were wrongfully convicted of murdering Edward “Teddy” Deegan during a burglary in 1965.
The men – some of whom had died in prison – and their estates were awarded a $102 million judgment by a federal judge in Boston due to the FBI’s misconduct.
“[T]he FBI was adamant that they should remain behind bars,” Daily Caller wrote. “Mueller served briefly as US attorney in Boston in 1986-87. Both his predecessor and his successor as US attorney wrote letters to state authorities demanding that the innocent men not be released.”
The FBI refused to release the evidence exonerating the men on “national security” grounds for 35 years, but it was eventually made public in 2000 during an investigation into corruption by the Boston FBI.
The evidence shows that the FBI knew the identity of the real killer mere days after the incident, but allowed a former mob boss turned informant, Joe “The Animal” Barboza, to “settle some old scores” by pinning the murder on the four men by falsely testifying against them.
According to the Daily Caller article, the four men were always widely known to be innocent in Boston. A local man who left the Boston mob even wrote a book about how they were framed by the FBI and its informant, Barboza.
“Even after the facts of the FBI cover up were revealed, the FBI continued the cover up with the approval and authorization of Director Robert Mueller III,” said Michael Albano, a former member of the Massachusetts Parole Board.
The letter from Mueller to the Massachusetts state authorities demanding the men remain imprisoned was uncovered recently by Greco’s attorney, John Cavicchi, in his case files.
“After all those years the feds still couldn’t admit that they had engineered this gross miscarriage of justice,” said Cavichhi. “Why couldn’t Mueller, who was in Boston while this frame up was going on, admit the Bureau’s culpability, then apologize and just settle the civil suit?”
Greco was a decorated World War II veteran who had moved from Boston to Florida before the murder. He died after 28 years in prison.