House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows appeared on Fox News’ “Hannity” Thursday evening to say that former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation was “built on a foundation of sand.”
But more importantly, the North Carolina Republican said Mueller’s final report is filled with “multiple omissions,”
“The best day the Democrats had was a few days ago when Bob Mueller did his press conference,” Meadows insisted. “That’s the best day the Democrats have had and will have.”
“I can tell you as we start to look through the Mueller report, multiple omissions, multiple misrepresentations –” the lawmaker began.
“Exculpatory omissions,” host Sean Hannity interjected.
“Well, even beyond that, you had John Solomon reporting tonight, there are other material facts that are just not accurate in the Mueller report,” Meadows continued. “So we’ve been preparing that he may come back. [Rep.] Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and I are getting prepared, and I tell you the deeper we dive the more problems we find.”
As for the possibility of Mueller testifying before Congress, there was a discussion on why that may not be such a great idea for Mueller or the Democratic Party.
“Within 60 days of them opening the investigation, prior to Bob Mueller coming on, the FBI and DOJ knew that Christopher Steele was not credible, the dossier was not true and [former Trump campaign associate] George Papadopoulos was innocent,” Meadows told Hannity.
“And so, when you look at that foundation, it’s all built really on a foundation of sand, and that’s going to start to show very soon,” he concluded.
In the reference to Solomon, an investigative columnist for The Hill, it appears that Meadows was alluding to a Thursday column asserting that a key figure in Mueller’s report was linked to Russian intelligence, but Mueller omitted the fact that the man was also a State Department source, dating back to 2013.
More from Solomon on the scrutiny of the report’s accuracy:
In a key finding of the Mueller report, Ukrainian businessman Konstantin Kilimnik, who worked for Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, is tied to Russian intelligence.
But hundreds of pages of government documents — which special counsel Robert Mueller possessed since 2018 — describe Kilimnik as a “sensitive” intelligence source for the U.S. State Department who informed on Ukrainian and Russian matters.
Why Mueller’s team omitted that part of the Kilimnik narrative from its report and related court filings is not known. But the revelation of it comes as the accuracy of Mueller’s Russia conclusions face increased scrutiny.
Solomon said he reviewed scores of State Department emails, detailing how Kilimnik appeared to be a valuable asset worth protecting and was even allowed to visit the U.S. twice in 2016 to meet with State officials.
“A clear sign he wasn’t flagged in visa databases as a foreign intelligence threat,” he wrote. “The emails also show how misleading, by omission, the Mueller report’s public portrayal of Kilimnik turns out to be.”
With House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., continuing to push for Mueller to testify before his panel, these latest developments shining a different light on Mueller seemingly discouraging that idea at last week’s press conference, saying his report was his testimony.
Testimony that doesn’t have to face live, firsthand cross examination.
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