Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan on Wednesday grilled former special counsel Robert Mueller, who was testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Throughout the hearing, Mueller declined to answer questions multiple times.
But Jordan appeared to catch Mueller in a big lie when he asked about where the intelligence the FBI used to open its investigation into the Trump campaign came from.
First, a bit of background. As Cleveland.com noted, the FBI launched its investigation after becoming aware of a conversation between George Papadopoulos, then a Trump campaign adviser, and Joseph Mifsud, a London-based professor.
Mifsud allegedly told Papadopoulos that the Russians had “dirt” on then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Back to Jordan, who described the series of events that led to the FBI opening its investigation.
“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,” Jordan told Mueller. “You point this out on page one of the report.”
“What I’m wondering is, who told Papadopoulos?” Jordan asked. “How’d he find out?”
Mueller would not provide a response.
“I can’t get into the evidentiary filings,” Mueller said.
There was just one problem — Mueller did get into the evidentiary filings in his own report!
Jordan was quick to point this out.
“Yes, you can because you wrote about it,” Jordan said. “You gave us the answer. Page 192 of the report, you tell us who told him: Joseph Mifsud.”
Jordan: Mifsud lied three times. Why didn’t you charge him with a crime?
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— Wojciech Pawelczyk 🇵🇱🇺🇸 (@PolishPatriotTM) July 24, 2019
Jordan was spot-on.
The relevant portion of Mueller’s report reads: “Papadopoulos met Mifsud for the first time on approximately March 14, 2016, after Papadopoulos had already learned he would be a foreign policy advisor for the Campaign. Mifsud showed interest in Papadopoulos only after learning of his role on the Campaign.”
“And Mifsud told Papadopoulos about the Russians possessing ‘dirt’ on candidate Clinton in late April 2016, more than a month after Papadopoulos had joined the Campaign and been publicly announced by candidate Trump.”
Mueller, you see, established in his report that Papadopoulos found out about the alleged “dirt” on Clinton from Mifsud.
So why wouldn’t he admit as much during his testimony?
That part remains unclear. What we do know is that Mueller could very easily have answered Jordan’s simple question, and claiming otherwise was nothing short of an outright lie.
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