Rep. Meadows: 'Bob Mueller Better Be Prepared' for Republican Cross-Examination

Susan Jones | June 26, 2019 | 6:25am EDT
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Special Counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify before Congress in open session on July 17. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

( - In a joint statement Tuesday night, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) announced that "Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III has agreed to testify before both Committees on July 17 in open session."

Nadler and Schiff said Mueller agreed to come before both of their committees -- in back-to-back hearings -- after they issued subpoenas for his testimony.

“We look forward to hearing his testimony, as do all Americans,” Nadler and Schiff stated.

Be careful what you wish for, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) told Fox News's Laura Ingraham Tuesday night:

"Listen, it is not a good day for America, but Bob Mueller better be prepared. Because I can tell you, he will be cross-examined for the first time, and the American people will start to see the flaws in his report."

Republicans have many unanswered questions about the scope of Mueller's investigation, including the process leading up to the FISA warrant on Carter Page and when Mueller’s team learned that there was no coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russians.

Meadows said Democrats have courted Mueller "just so that they can harass the president" and keep the collusion/obstruction narrative going for political reasons.

Meadows predicted that Mueller's testimony will "backfire" on Democrats.

Mueller, in his only public comment on the report, said it speaks for itself and he would have nothing to add beyond what is in it.

But "Congress has questions that go beyond the report," Rep. Schiff told CNN Tuesday night:

"So we have any number of questions about the counter-intelligence investigation, and the role of the counter-intelligence agents within his team to questions about some of the prosecutorial decisions that were made. We have fact questions about some of the statements that are made in the report, so there are any number of issues that we wish to cover with him," Schiff said.

Also appearing on CNN Tuesday night, Rep. Nadler told Chris Cuomo that Democrats want the American people to hear what's in the Mueller report from Mueller himself:

"Well, our interest is for the American people to hear it from him. There's been a campaign of misrepresentation by Attorney General Barr who misrepresented what was in the report; by the president, who keeps saying the report found no collusion, no obstruction, but that's not true either way.

“So it's important that the American people hear from him what the report found,” Nadler continued. “It's important that he answer a lot of specific questions. I think one of the questions that isn't specifically in the report would be -- you wrote a letter, Mr. Mueller, to the…attorney general saying that he had in ways misrepresented the report, how so?

“But I think it's important the American people hear from him what he did find and what he didn't find."

Nadler said he believes Mueller will answer the questions from lawmakers, "and it's up to us to ask questions that will elicit the information," Nadler added.

"And remember, he did a two-year investigation. He found that the Russians attacked our election. He found that there were plenty of, I think 170 contacts between the Russians and the people in the Trump campaign. He found that the Trump campaign welcomed the intervention of the Russians, and the assistance of the Russians, he found plenty of obstruction of justice and the president trying to obstruct his investigate, and all of that has to be stated publicly.”

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