Devin Nunes: Something 'Off' About Plan For Mueller Team to Testify
The California Republican showed concern of 'closed door' meetings
Rep. Devin Nunes has voiced concerns about plans for Robert Mueller to testify saying it could "throw a monkey wrench" into matters related to the Russia investigation.
Speaking to Fox News, the California Republican also showed concern that one of Mueller's top prosecutors might say in a closed meeting as part of the deal to speak to lawmakers.
"There are two trains of thought out there. One is that he’s just not going to say anything, which is very possible. But it’s also very possible too that he could throw a monkey wrench in things," Nunes told Jeanine Pirro.
"Now what's off about this is -- supposedly he's only agreed to testify for four hours. Four hours with the House Intelligence Committee and the House Judiciary Committee is not enough time to get everyone’s questions in," Nunes added.
"In addition, people should know he’s not willing to testify as of now behind closed doors, and he’s supposedly going to send in Andrew Weissmann and his team of geniuses that came up with these conspiracy theories. And that’s not even going to be translated. So stay tuned."
Mueller said in his statement last month he did not plan to testify about his now-complete investigation.
But in response to a pair of subpoenas, Mueller has since agreed to a public testimony before the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees on July 17.
House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff said he did not believe the special counsel's office thought it was a "friendly subpoena," adding that Muller was "deeply reluctant" to comply.
Schiff added that there would be an "executive session" with members of Mueller's staff.
But there has been speculation on what the closed-door discussion might involve.
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said Mueller's senior staffers would likely "go much deeper" into Russia investigation details. According to MSBC.
Former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, Joe DiGenova, prophesied that Weissmann, not Mueller, could do real "damage" to President Trump, according to Fox News.
Weissmann is known as Mueller's "pitbull."
Weissmann led the initiative to draft a three-count obstruction of justice indictment against Trump, which Mueller's spokesman denied existed, According to Michael Wolff's book Siege.
According to The Washington Examiner: Mueller's report, released in April with redactions, shows his team was not able to establish criminal collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign but left open the question of possible obstruction of justice.
The report laid out ten instances in which Trump might have obstructed justice, but Mueller refused to decide on the matter, citing a Justice Department guideline that sitting presidents cannot be indicted.
Although Trump and his allies say the case is closed, Democrats argue Mueller's refusal to clear Trump on obstruction provides them a road map to continue to investigate and perhaps seek impeachment.
Attorney General William Barr said he and former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein determined there was not enough evidence to establish a crime had happened.
Despite Mueller being out of the job and his reluctance to testify, Nunes complained of the former special counsel's continual presence.
"He’s like a bad penny, he just won’t go away," Nunes said of Mueller.
Nunes said a question he wants to ask Mueller is how far the counter-intelligence investigation into Trump's campaign goes, even as the FBI asserts it started in July 2016.
"That is a total lie. They've been lying to Congress. They've been misleading the American people, and I'm going to ask that question or at least me or somebody on my committee is going to ask that question of Bob Mueller when the investigation actually began spying on the Trump campaign," Nunes said.