Rep. Gaetz: Dems View Mueller Report as ‘Screenplay They're Trying to Bring to Life in the Form of a Movie’

By Craig Millward | July 10, 2019 | 2:13pm EDT
Rep. Matt Gaetz
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( On Wednesday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) criticized House Judiciary Committee Democrats for voting to issue subpoenas to former and current Trump Administration officials, saying Democrats “view the Mueller report as a screenplay that they're trying to bring to life in the form of a movie.”

“It's totally nuts,” Gaetz, a member of the committee, said Wednesday in an interview on Fox Business Channel’s “Mornings with Maria,” adding that Democrats are refusing to accept that the nation is ready to move on from the Mueller report:

“I think my Democratic colleagues can't take a hint. They can’t take a hint that the country is ready to move on from the Mueller report. The Democrats in Congress view the Mueller report as a screenplay that they're trying to bring to life in the form of a movie by bringing all of these people back to reenact their various lines and contributions.”

Host Maria Bartiromo and Rep. Gaetz were discussing a House panel vote scheduled for Thursday on whether to subpoena a dozen current and former Trump administration officials, including Senior Adviser to the President Jared Kushner, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

Even if they do testify, it would be “preposterous” to think Democrats could discover any serious Trump wrongdoing that Special Counsel Robert Mueller wasn't able to uncover during his two-year, $30 million investigation:

“But it is preposterous to suggest that a dozen or so Democrats in Congress are going to be able to get more than Robert Mueller got after 22 months, $30 million, dozens of prosecutors and FBI agents, thousands of witness statements. I think that we can all rest assured that there was no criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia. Now let’s get on to serving the country.”

Bartiromo then asked Rep. Gaetz what questions he would like to pose to Mueller when the former special counsel appears before the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees on July 17.

Rep. Gaetz said he would like to ask Mueller why he adopted a guilty-until-proven-innocent attitude in his investigation of Trump:

“Well, we see that the attorney general has put an intense amount of focus on ensuring that this type of corruption never happens again in our country to any other president.”

“When it comes to Mr. Mueller's testimony, I think we’ve got a lot of questions about bias, how he assembled this team. I think we also want to know why he flipped the expectation that Americans are innocent until proven guilty. It seemed as though Mr. Mueller thought people were guilty unless he was able to clear them. I think we've got a lot of questions about that as well.”


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