Former Trump aide Michael Caputo slammed the latest round of investigations by Democrats and said he is taking a stand against their “fishing expedition.”
The Republican strategist told Fox News’ Dana Perino on “The Daily Briefing” that he thought, with Robert Mueller’s report expected soon as he is reportedly wrapping up his Russia probe, he and his family could “hit play again” after having their lives on pause for two years.
“But now with Chairman Nadler’s fishing expedition, it looks like it’s all starting back up again,” he said, adding that he has over $200,000 in legal fees due to being “hauled in to testify before two other congressional committees and investigators working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller.”
Caputo is one of over 80 people and entities contacted by the House Judiciary Committee this past week in order to provide testimony or hand over documents as part of a sprawling investigation launched by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. to find anything on President Trump, targeting even the president’s family,
Caputo, who worked for Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016, told MacCallum that his legal team informed the committee that he had none of the documents requested.
“I had none of the documents they were looking for. I was nowhere near any of that stuff, if it happened, when it happened,” he said. “It’s not just a document request. Comply with the document request, I did, I think everybody will, but they intend to invite everyone to testify. This is going to be a long summer.”
“Everything on my document request and most of the document requests I read, because they’re all online, it was already discussed ad nauseum in the House Intelligence Committee when I testified there for $30,000,” he added.
Caputo also addressed the Nadler investigations in an opinion piece for Fox News, calling out “yet another bogus Russia investigation, this time by the new Democratic majority in the House.”
“I know the signs of a sideshow,” he wrote, “and delivering demand letters to reporters before they go to the person being asked to produce documents is one of the chief signs.”
“This Russia Collusion Delusion has gone on long enough,” Caputo tweeted Friday with a link to a video from Scott Adams, the author and creator of the Dilbert comic strip.
I’m humbled to have the support of @ScottAdamsSays, a guy I deeply respect. This Russia Collusion Delusion has gone on long enough. I’ve testified 3 times. Somebody has to be the first to take a stand. For the sake of my family – for 81 families – it might as well be me. #MAGA pic.twitter.com/lpNE29Pjul
— StillStandingPodcast.com (@MichaelRCaputo) March 8, 2019
“I always say there’s no such thing as a slippery slope. At some point, resistance appears,” Adams said. “Maybe this is it. Maybe Caputo’s stand is what gives other people a little backbone.”
Caputo maintained, “I’ve witnessed nothing. I have no documents,” exposing the latest move by Democrats for what it is.
“The Judiciary Committee investigation is designed for one result: to produce evidence to help impeach the president of the United States,” Caputo wrote, slamming the “perjury trap” game being played.
Fox News’ Andrew Napolitano noted this week that Democrats are “looking for anything they can find” on Trump and are engaged in what is “almost literally a witch hunt.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 6, 2019
“After enduring six-figure legal costs that I was only able to pay with GoFundMe donations from 8,500 people – no big donor aid, no campaign help, no Patriot Fund assistance – I am reticent to stand alone in defiance of the committee and rack up far more legal bills. But I might, if others among the 81 join me,” Caputo declared.
“This charade has gone on long enough. Somebody has to be the first to take a stand,” he concluded. “For the sake of my family – for 81 families – it might as well be me.”
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