(National Sentinel) Showtime: A Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee has issued a challenge to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is currently conducting a lengthy probe of alleged collusion between the campaign of President Donald J. Trump and Russia: Show us the evidence.
“It’s time for Bob Mueller to put up or shut up. If there’s evidence of collusion, let’s see it,” Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz said in an interview on Fox News Wednesday.
“If there’s not, let’s move on as a country and let’s institute reforms at the FBI so that an egomaniac FBI director like James Comey cannot depart from the normal standard procedures that guarantees all Americans equal treatment under the law,” he continued.
Gaetz has been extremely critical of Mueller’s probe from the outset, saying that more than anything he sees it as overtly political and tainted against the president.
For him and other Republicans, the turning point was learning earlier this month that FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, whom Mueller fired over the summer, had exchanged anti-Trump text messages with his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page.
Moreover, Gaetz and other Republicans have voiced concerns about the content of those texts, which appeared to suggest a plot or scheme to keep Trump out of the White House.
The discussions appeared to have also taken place in the presence of current FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office — that there’s no way [Trump] gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk,” Strzok wrote in the Aug. 15, 2016 text message.
“It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”
Gaetz said that message is “totally unacceptable” while alleging that the text shows that McCabe, Strzok and other FBI officials “hatched a scheme to deprive Donald Trump of the presidency both before and after his election.”
McCabe was interviewed in Tuesday by the House Intelligence Committee.
Gaetz added that Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte has committed to issuing subpoenas to McCabe and Strzok.
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