(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the ranking member of the House intelligence committee, said he has a "pretty strong confidence level" that former Special Counsel Robert Mueller will appear as scheduled on July 24 for two back-to-back hearings -- first in the House Judiciary Committee, and then in the intelligence committee.
But appearing on Fox News Wednesday night, Nunes advised caution:
I really expect the worst, because Bob Mueller does not have to show up. So he's doing this on his own free will. That tells me the last time he operated on his own free will, everybody forgets, (Attorney General William) Barr came out with a memo, was very clear about the decisions that he had made, and then a few days later, Mueller decided on his own to go out and hold a nine minute press conference.
So I am very concerned, and I think we should expect the worst because he only has to say a couple things and the rest of the media -- not saying you here at Fox, but 90 percent of the media will take one little phrase and run with it and try to run towards impeachment.
Earlier this week, on Monday night, Nunes told Fox News's Sean Hannity he believes Mueller is "back-channeling" -- working with Democrats to "create a narrative" for his July 24th hearings.
Nunes on Wednesday called the Mueller report a "joke."
"And look, I know there was no collusion and I know there was no obstruction, so in that sense it was fine. However, there shouldn't -- this whole investigation was an obstruction of justice trap. It was a trap, and I hope people understand why.
"Mueller, when he walked in the door, knew there was no evidence of collusion and conspiracy, and they knew the only thing they had on obstruction of justice was Comey's memos. I mean, Comey illegally leaked those memos to the press, and for what? In order to try to get a special counsel...which he admitted," Nunes said.
"So sitting with this open for two years, to me, I think people should look at this as an obstruction of justice trap, and then you can go through for the $40 million that we spent on this report, there are so many holes in this report. It was heavy on rhetoric and I'll would say it kind of read like a bad Russian spy novel."