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When Fox News ' comes to Republicans asking questions, I think what we need to do is stick to the facts of the case and not allow Mueller time to either pontificate and embellish all the time or embellish things that he may want to embellish, this investigation was not about collusion. It wasn't about obstruction of justice. It was about setting obstruction of justice traps so for the better part of two years they were hoping the President would fall into it.
I saidbefore this report is madepublic, it should be given tothe defense and including theformer defense attorney likeJohn Dowd, to be able to gothrough it with a fine-toothcomb, find problems with it [and] file a report stating thedefendants position at the sametime, so the American public canjudge which is more credible.
What do I want about The Mueller report ? I don't care what's in The Mueller report. Matter of fact, I call it the Mueller dossier, what I want is the information underlying The Mueller report, so that we can actually look into it. Because every time we peel back the onion in this case, what do we find ? We find out that, somehow, higher-level officials within the DOJ and FBI were misleading the American people and the courts.
Providing a defensive briefing, like the one given to Senator Feinstein, is a typical response to these kinds of situations, the refusal to give the Trump campaign a defensive briefing, and instead opening a sprawling counter-intelligence investigation of American citizens, is one of many alarming ways that intelligence leaders drastically diverged from normal procedures in their Trump campaign investigation.
Now you would think, if you thought the Russians were colluding with the President Donald Trump campaign, and that there was this massive event taking place, to where the Russians were trying to help President Donald Trump get elected and they were colluding and passing information or dumping emails in the direction of them, you would've thought that Congress would've been briefed back in 2016.
Christopher Steele was hired by the Democratic Party and the Hillary Clinton campaign to dig up dirt on Trump and his associates. That made its way to the FBI and to the State Department, at the same time, it appears you have multiple people in a six-week period from April to June that are making offers of selling some kind of dirt on Hillary Clinton from Russia to the Trump campaign…or maybe the FBI was running people in.
They are citing spurious national security concerns to evade congressional oversight while leaking information to The Washington Post ostensibly about classified meetings, congress has a right and a duty to get this information and we will succeed in getting this information, regardless of whatever fantastic stories the DOJ and FBI spin to The Washington Post.
The report, which will include minority views if the minority submits them, presents the comprehensive results of what the Committee has learned during its fourteen-month-long investigation, and will be useful in thwarting any attempts by Russia or any other foreign powers to further meddle in U.S. elections.
After more than a year, the Committee has finished its Russia investigation and will now work on completing our report, i’d like to thank Congressmen Trey Gowdy, Tom Rooney, and especially Mike Conaway for the excellent job they’ve done leading this investigation. I’d also like to recognize the hard work undertaken by our other Committee members as well as our staff. Once the Committee’s final report is issued, we hope our findings and recommendations will be useful for improving security and integrity for the 2018 midterm elections.
I believe it is in the best interests of the House Intelligence Committee and the Congress for me to have Rep. Mike Conaway, with assistance from Reps. Trey Gowdy and Tom Rooney, temporarily take charge of the committee's Russia investigation while the House Ethics Committee looks into this matter. I will continue to fulfill all my other responsibilities as committee chairman.
I don't think that's a problem, at the end of the day there could be disagreements, which I expect there to be disagreements -- you're not going to get 435 members to agree on anything. I think there will be some things we can agree on, some things we won't be able to agree on, but at the end of the day I think we'll be able to put together a useful report.
What we're trying to get to the bottom of, is how did the assessment on December 5 that they gave us, how did it radically change -- with the major change being that specifically that the Russians were trying to get Donald Trump elected, and that's what we're trying to get to the bottom of, it's just a major shift we need to understand and we're the oversight body.
We did have many of these people identified, but there are so many thousands and thousands of them, and they're all over Western Europe and even in the United States, and then with the technology they're using today and the rules and the lessons that they've learned through fighting us the last 15 years, they've gotten very good at hiding from intelligence services across the globe.
I've met with a lot of conservative Republicans over the last four days, and they are not happy, they want something done and they want something done now because we look like a party that can't govern. And when they understand that over 200 of us were supporting Boehner and were also willing to support [Kevin] McCarthy and also wiling to support Paul Ryan. This is starting to not make sense to our conservative Republican base.