Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) put Robert Mueller’s feet to the fire on Wednesday morning in a tense exchange over controversy surrounding Joseph Mifsud, a figure central to the Mueller investigation.
Jordan kicked things off by bringing up the fact that the Mueller report itself says Mifsud lied or misled investigators on three separate occasions.
“Why did you not charge him with a crime?” Jordan asked Mueller of Mifsud.
“I can’t get into internal deliberations with regard to what would or would not be …” Mueller began before beginning to stumble his words as he did multiple times during the hearing before the House Judiciary Committee.
“You charged a lot of other people for making false statements,” Jordan said to Mueller.
Jordan then began shining a spotlight on the more head-scratching and concerning bits of the Mueller investigation. The congressman pointed out that two Americans citizens involved in Trump’s campaign — George Papadopoulos and Carter Page — were spied on by the federal government. While investigators went through the court system to spy on Page, “human sources” were used to spy on Papadopoulos, Jordan argued.
The congressman said the “piece of information” that opened the official Mueller investigation was an offhanded remark made by Papadopoulos to a diplomat that the Russians have “dirt” on Clinton.
“What I’m wondering is,” Jordan said to Mueller, “who told Papadopoulos?”
After Mueller argued he couldn’t get into such details, Jordan countered that Mueller had already provided the answer in page 192 of his report: Joseph Mifsud.
“The mysterious professor who lives in Rome and London, works and teaches at two different universities, this is the guy who told Papadopoulos. He’s the guy who starts it all,” Jordan said of the mysterious Mifsud.
Jordan then asked Mueller again why Mifsud was not charged with making false statements after he lied three times to investigators following his kicking off the “saga” that is the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
“Well, I can’t get into it and it’s obvious, I think, that we can’t get into charging decisions,” Mueller said.
Source: Fox News
Jordan then directly asked whether Mifsud also lied to the special counsel team when he was interviewed by them.
“I can’t get into that,” Mueller said.
The congressman then asked a question many who have read the Mueller report have been wondering: “Is Mifsud Western intelligence or Russian intelligence?”
“I can’t get into that,” a stonewalling Mueller answered.
“A lot of things you can’t get into,” Jordan pointed out.
The congressman later said it’s “amazing” that Mueller managed to charge so many people with making false statements, but he never charged Mifsud, a man who lied to investigators on three occasions and the mysterious figure who arguably kicked off the political circus we are witnessing today.
“I’m not sure I agree with your characterizations,” was all Mueller could manage to say about the matter.
“Well, I’m reading from your report,” Jordan shot back.
The Texas congressman then argued that instead of dragging on an investigation that clearly has no red meat on its bones, investigators should be trying to figure out “how the false accusation started” in the first place.
“Here’s the good news,” Jordan said. “That’s exactly what [Attorney General] Bill Barr is doing and thank goodness for that.”
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