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Rep. Stewart: ‘Every Single One’ of 25 Leaks from Mueller’s Office ‘Designed to Weaken or Embarrass President’

By Craig Bannister | July 24, 2019 | 4:48pm EDT
Rep. Chris Stewart (Screenshot)

During Wednesday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) held up a binder documenting 25 leaks from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office and declared that “all of them have one thing in common.”

“All of these, all of them have one thing in common: they were designed to weaken or embarrass the president," Rep. Stewart told Mueller:

Rep. Stewart: “Mr. Mueller, the credibility of your report is based on the integrity of how it is handled and there is something that I think bothers me and other Americans. I am holding here in my hand a binder of 25 examples of leaks that occurred from the special counsel's office those associated with your work dating back to as early as a few weeks after your inception and the beginning of your work and continuing up to just a few months ago.

“All of these, all of them have one thing in common. They were designed to weaken or to embarrass the president. Every single one.

“Never was it leaked that you'd found no evidence of collusion. Never was it leaked that the Steele dossier was a complete fantasy nor that it was funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign. I could go on and on.”

Mueller twice refused to answer, when Rep. Stewart asked about the source of the leak to the media of a raid on the home of former Trump associate Roger Stone’s home:

Rep. Stewart: “Mr. Mueller, are you aware of anyone from your team having given advanced knowledge of the raid on Roger Stone's home to any person of the press, including CNN?

Mueller: “I'm not going to talk about specifics.”

Stewart: “Are you aware of anyone providing information to the media regarding the raid on Roger Stone’s home, including CNN?”

Mueller: “I’m not going to speak to that.”

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