Grand Inquisitor Robert Mueller did not save the Democrats today as they expected him to. In fact, you probably won’t be hearing his name mentioned in Democrat circles for a long time to come.
When Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan finally got his turn to cross examine Mueller, the ex-Special Counsel did an Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez impression. As his eyes got as big as dinner plates, he stared at Jordan like a deer in headlights.
“The FBI interviewed Joseph Mifsud on February 10, 2017,” Jordan began. “In that interview, Mr. Mifsud lied. You point this out on page 193, volume 1. Mifsud denied, Mifsud also falsely stated, in addition, Mifsud omitted. Three times he lied to the FBI yet you didn’t charge him with a crime.”
Mueller looked totally lost while he tried to find his place. Jordan again summarized his question. “He lied three times, you pointed it out in the report. Why didn’t you charge him with a crime?” Mueller couldn’t get into it.
Jordan was grinning from ear to ear as he challenged, “you charged a lot of other people with making false statements.”
“Let’s remember this,” the Ohio lawmaker prompted. “In 2016, the FBI did something they probably haven’t done before. They spied on two American citizens associated with a presidential campaign. George Papadopoulos and Carter Page.”
“With Carter Page they went to the FISA court. They used the now famous dossier as part of the reason they were able to get the warrant and spy on Carter Page for the better part of a year.”
With Mr. Papadopoulos, Jordan distinguished, “they didn’t go to the court, they used human sources.”
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— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) July 24, 2019
“From the moment Papadopoulos joins the Trump campaign, you’ve got all these people all around the world starting to swirl around him. Names like Halper, Downer, Mifsud, Thompson. Meeting in Rome, London, all kinds of places. The FBI even sent a lady posing as somebody else. Went by the name Azra Turk. Even dispatched her to London to spy on Mr. Papadopoulos.”
“In one of these meetings, Mr. Papadopoulos is talking to a foreign diplomat, and he tells the diplomat, Russians have dirt on Clinton. That diplomat then contacts the FBI and the FBI opens an investigation based on that fact.”
“You point this out on page one of the report. July 31, 2016, the opening of the investigation, based on that piece of information. Papadopoulos tells the Diplomat Russians have dirt on Clinton. Diplomat tells the FBI. What I’m wondering is who told Papadopoulos. How did he find out?”
Muller started to say he can’t get into that either, but Jordan interrupted him. “Yes you can, cause you wrote about it. you gave us the answer. Page 192 of the report you tell us who told him. Joseph Mifsud.
“Joseph Mifsud’s the guy who told Papadopoulos. The mysterious professor who lives in Rome and London. Works and teaches at two different universities. This is the guy who told Papadopoulos. He’s the guy who starts it all and when the FBI interviews him, he lies three times, and yet you don’t charge him with a crime.”
“You charge Rick Gates for false statements, you charge Paul Manafort for false statements, you charge Michael Cohen with false statements, you charge Michael Flynn — a three star general with false statements, but the guy who puts the country through this whole saga, starts it all, for three years we’ve lived this now. He lies and you guys don’t charge him. I’m curious as to why?” Mueller can’t get into it.
“The FBI interviewed him in February. When the Special Counsel’s office interviewed him did he lie to you guys too?”
Mueller can’t get into it. He wouldn’t even confirm or deny talking to him. “Is Mifsud western intelligence or Russian intelligence?” Can’t get into it.
Just in case Mueller was thinking of wriggling out by claiming that Mifsud is out of American jurisdiction, Jordan reminded him that so were a bunch of Russians whom Mueller did charge.
“A lot of things you can’t get into. What’s interesting, you can charge 13 Russians no one’s ever heard of, no one’s ever seen, no one’s ever going to hear of them, no one’s ever going to see them. You can charge them, you can charge all kinds of people who are around the president with false statements, but the guy who launches everything, the guy who puts this whole story in motion, you can’t charge him. I think that’s amazing.”
Mueller isn’t certain he agrees with Jordan’s “characterizations.”
Jordan reminded him he was reading from Mueller’s own report. “Mifsud told Papadopoulos, Papadopoulos tells the diplomat, the diplomat tells the FBI, the FBI opens the investigation July 31, 2016, and here we are, three years later, July of 2019.”
“The country’s been put through this and the central figure who launches it all lies to us and you guys don’t hunt him down and interview him again. You don’t charge him with a crime.”
There is good news though, Jordan insists. Mueller might not see it that way.
To set it up, Jordan reminds Mueller that “the president was falsely accused of conspiracy.”
“The FBI does a ten month investigation and James Comey, when we deposed him a year ago, told us at that point they had nothing. You do a 22 month investigation and at the end of that 22 months, you find no conspiracy. What’s the Democrats want to do? You want to keep investigating. They want to keep going.”
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“Maybe a better course of action is to figure out how the false accusations started. Maybe it’s to go back and actually figure out why Joseph Mifsud was lying to the FBI.”
Now, here’s the good news. “That’s exactly what Bill Barr’s doing and thank goodness for that. That’s exactly what the Attorney General and John Durham are doing, they’re going to find out why we went through this three year saga and get to the bottom of it.”