A Republican congressman from Alabama announced on Monday that he would be introducing a bill to “codify” Attorney General William Barr‘s probe into the origins of special counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation of Russian election interference.
During a Tuesday appearance on “Fox & Friends,” Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) — who has announced he will run for the Alabama Senate seat currently held by Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) in February — was pressed about his new legislation, the Investigate the Investigators Act, which is slated to be introduced to the House the same day.
Byrne described his new bill as “codify[ing] the investigation of the investigators” that Barr is “presently undertaking” and also setting up provisions for “requir[ing] such an investigation in the future.”
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“We spent over two years, $35 million — all these lawyers, investigators, paralegals — and for what?” Byrne continued. “We got a big, fat goose egg here. Mr. Mueller himself determined that there was no collusion, no conspiracy. The attorney general concluded there’s no obstruction.
“So we spent all this time and all this money for what? It was a partisan witch hunt from the beginning,” the Alabama Republican added. “We need to get to the bottom of who was behind this and how far up the chain does it go.”
Byrne went on to slam the Democrats as being “so locked in” to trying to impeach President Donald Trump that “they are willing to get into a partisan witch hunt” even though “there’s just no case there.”
The Republican congressman’s new legislation comes after Barr ramped up his investigation into the origins of Mueller’s probe.
Earlier this month, Barr tapped U.S. Attorney from Connecticut John Durham to head up the investigation into the methods undertaken by the Department of Justice to obtain a FISA warrant to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
Barr’s move drew support from congressional Republicans, including House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who praised the attorney general’s decision as the Department of Justice “going on offense” to “clean up the bad apples.”