WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee, including Ohio’s Jim Jordan, on Wednesday did their best to discredit Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in 2016’s presidential election.
Jordan, who has represented Allen County in Ohio’s 4th congressional district since 2007, is an ardent supporter of President Donald Trump. He focused on the ex-special prosecutor’s decision not to file charges against a Maltese academic named Joseph Mifsud who first told an aide to Trump’s presidential campaign that Russia had “dirt” on his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Noting that Mifsud was “the guy that starts it all,” Jordan pointed out the report said Mifsud lied to FBI investigators three times when they interviewed him and asked Mueller: “Why didn’t you charge him with a crime?”
Mueller said he couldn’t “get into internal deliberations.” When Jordan asked whether Mifsud was “Western intelligence or Russian intelligence,” Mueller also said: “I can’t get into that.”
“There are a lot of things you can’t get into,” said Jordan, adding that he thought it was interesting that Mueller’s investigation could charge more than a dozen Russians with interfering with the election, and “charge all kinds of people 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.”
Jordan said that instead of continuing to probe false conspiracy allegations against Trump, the committee should try to figure out “how the false accusations started” and why Mifsud was lying to the FBI.
“And here’s the good news,” Jordan concluded. “That’s exactly what Bill Barr is doing. 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.”