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Rep. Gaetz to Mueller: ‘You Weren’t Interested in Whether or Not Russians Were Interfering Through Christopher Steele’

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | July 24, 2019 | 11:44 AM EDT

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Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller devoted his investigation of Russian interference in U.S. elections to finding evidence against President Donald Trump, but turned a blind eye to other potential interference, Rep. Gaetz (R-Florida) told Mueller Wednesday.

At a House hearing questioning Mueller, Gaetz quoted to Mueller the former special counsel’s opening statement saying the goal of the Russia probe was to be thorough. Gaetz then accused Mueller of refusing to pursue that end in regards to Christopher Steele, the author of the infamous, discredited “Trump Dossier”:

“You stated, in your opening, that the organizing principle, was to fully and thoroughly investigate Russia’s interference.

“But, you weren’t interested in whether or not Russians were interfering through Christopher Steele. And, if Steele was lying, then you should have charged him with lying, like you charged a variety of other people. But, you say nothing about this in your report.”

When Mueller claimed it wasn’t his “prevue” to investigate Steele, Gaetz called Mueller’s claim “absurd”:

“It is absurd to suggest that a operative for the Democrats was meeting with this Russian lawyer the day before and the day after the Trump Tower meeting and, yet, that’s not something you reference.”

 

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