Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller had a rough time before Congress. He appeared frail, lost, and completely unaware of what his own Russia reported stated.
But when he was questioned by Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan, the ex-special counsel was hit with a massive reality check.
During his testimony Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee, Jordan not only obliterated Mueller into silence, he also warned him that Attorney General William Barr is investigating his witch hunt.
Below is a partial transcript of the exchange, where Mueller says at least six times that he “can’t get into it” when asked a question by Jordan:
JORDAN: Director, the F.B.I. Interview Joseph miss day on February 28, 2017. He lied. You point this out an page 133, he also denied and falsely stated. In addition he omitted. Three times he lied to the F.B.I. Yet you didn’t charge him with a crime. Why not?
MUELLER: Did you say 193?
JORDAN: Why didn’t you charge him with a crime?
MUELLER: I can’t get into internal deliberations with regard to who would or would not be —JORDAN: You charged a lot of other people for making false statements. Let’s remember this, in 2016 the F.B.I. Did something they probably haven’t done before.
They spied on two American citizens associated with a presidential campaign. George Papadopoulos and Carter Carter Page they went to the FISA court. They used the now famous dossier as part of the reason they were able to spy on page for better part of a year. With Mr. Papadopoulos they didn’t go to the courts they used human sources.
All kinds from the moment Papadopoulos joins the Trump campaign you have all these people around the world starting to swirl around him. Names like Halper, downer, Thompson, meeting in Rome and London. All kinds of places.
The F.B.I. Even sent a lady posing as somebody else, even dispatched her to London to spy on Mr. Papadopoulos. In one of these meetings Mr. Papadopoulos is talking to a foreign diplomat and he tells the diplomat Russians have dirt on Clinton.
That diplomat then contacts the F.B.I. And the F.B.I. Opens an investigation based on that fact. You point this out on page 1 of the report. July 31, 2016, they open the investigation based on that piece of information. Diplomat tells Papadopoulos Russians — Papadopoulos tells the diplomat Russians have dirt on Clinton. Diplomat tells the F.B.I. What I’m wondering is who told Papadopoulos? How did he find out?
MUELLER: I can’t get into the evidentiary.
JORDAN: You can, you gave us the answer. Page 192 of the report you tell us who told him. Joseph Mifsted is the guy who told Papadopoulos.
The professor that teaches and two different universities. This is the guy who told Papadopoulos and the guy who starts it all.
When the F.B.I. Interviews him he lies three times and yet you don’t charge him with a crime. You charge Rick Gates for false statements, Paul Manafort for false statements, Michael Cohen with false statements, you charge Michael Flynn, three-star general with false statements but the guy who puts the country through this whole saga, starts it all for three years we’ve lived this now, he lies, and you guys don’t charge him. I’m curious as to why?
MUELLER: I can’t get into it and it’s obvious we can’t get into charging decisions.
JORDAN: When the F.B.I. Interviewed him in February, when the special counsel’s office interviewed him, did he lie to you guys, too?
MUELLER: Can’t get into that.
JORDAN: Did you interview him?
MUELLER: Can’t get into that?
JORDAN: Is he Russian or western intelligence?
MUELLER: Can’t get into that.
JORDAN: A lot of things you can’t get into. You can charge 13 Russians no one has ever heard, seen or you can charge them and all kinds of people around the president with false statements, but the guy who launches everything, the guy who puts this whole story in motion, you can’t charge him. I think that’s amazing.
MUELLER: I’m not certain I agree with your characterizations.
JORDAN: I’m reading from your report. He told Papadopoulos, Papadopoulos tells the diplomat, the diplomat tells the F.B.I., the F.B.I. Opens the investigation July 21, 2016 and here we are three years later July of 2019 the country has been put through this and the central figure who launches it all, lies to us, and you guys don’t hunt him down and interview him again and you don’t charge him with a crime.
Here is the good news. Here is the good news. The president was falsely accused of conspiracy, the F.B.I. Does an 10-month investigation. James Comey told us at that point they had nothing. You do a 22 month investigation, you find no conspiracy, and what do the Democrats want to do? Keep investigating.
They want to keep going. Maybe a better course of action, maybe a better course of action is to figure out how the false accusations started. Maybe to go back and actually figure out why Joseph was lying to the F.B.I. Here is the good news, here is the good news.
That’s exactly what Bill Barr is doing. And thank goodness for that. What they’re doing. They’ll find out why we went through this three-year saga and get to the bottom of it.
Mueller’s entire Russia investigation was nothing more than a two-long scam that failed to give Democrats their chance to remove President Donald Trump from office.
Democrats hauled in Mueller as a last ditch effort to keep their Trump-Russia collusion theories alive.
But Mueller’s testimony was bleak, lacked any new information, and the ex-special counsel got caught several times contradicting his own report.
The president has been completely vindicated after the two-year Russia probe, and Mueller didn’t do Democrats any favors with his bizarre and lackluster performance.