Rep. Ben Cline (R-VA) talks about upcoming Mueller hearing
As lawmakers work out details behind the scenes of how the upcoming hearing on Capitol Hill with former special counsel Robert Mueller will be carried out, Rep. Ben Cline (R-VA) weighs in to the discussion.
Next Wednesday, Mueller is expected to testify before the Democratic-led House Judiciary and Intelligence committees. Meantime, Cline, a first-term Congressman, who serves on the House Judiciary committee, is concerned that he and other freshmen members will be blocked from asking Mueller questions.
“I’m happy to have Mr. Mueller in if we can ask him a bunch of questions, but if the Speaker is going to try and create this contrived sharing of jurisdiction with intelligence and splitting people’s time and taking people’s time, then that’s just going to make it a big farce and more of a circus than we’ve seen,” said Cline.
Next week on Capitol Hill, legislators are anticipating the first opportunity to question Mueller about his years-long investigation into 2016 alleged Russian election meddling and the Trump campaign.
While Mueller released a 448-page report in April, some Democratic lawmakers continue to raise questions about whether Congress should further investigate whether Trump obstructed justice.
Largely, Republicans argue the case is closed and that Mueller’s report and U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr cleared the President of any wrongdoing. Cline says he believes the report showed there was no collusion nor evidence of any criminal activity by the Trump campaign. He adds that he wants to have a better understanding of the origins and motivations of the Russia investigation.
“We have questions about when he arrived at the decision that there was no collusion, that there was no effort to conspire with Russia, and why he continued after that point to pursue his investigation,” said Cline.