Mueller conducted interrogations of several witnesses as part of his two-year-long investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Of those interrogations, he caught several witnesses in lies and pressed charges against several, including General Mike Flynn and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
However, he declined to press charges against Joseph Mifsud, a professor who tipped the FBI off on campaign staffer George Papadopoulos’ alleged ties to Russian officials. This spiraled into the investigation into Trump’s campaign. Mifsud was caught in lies by Mueller’s team but was never charged.
Jordan pressed Mueller as to why members of President Donald Trump’s team were sent to jail for the same offense that the man who started the investigation into the campaign committed.
Watch Jordan grill Mueller:
“The FBI interviewed Joseph Mifsud on February 10, 2017. In that interview, Mr. Mifsud lied. You point this out on page 193, volume one. Mifsud ‘denied,’ Mifsud also ‘falsely stated.’ In addition, ‘Mifsud omitted.’ Three times he lied to the FBI, yet you didn’t charge him with a crime. Why not?”
Mueller said he could “not get into” the decision-making process of pressing charges. Jordan noted that they made several decisions to press charges against several members of Trump’s inner circle.
The congressman retraced the FBI’s investigation into Pappadopolis, noting that the campaign staffer allegedly told a diplomat that Russian’s had compromising information on Hillary Clinton. That was relayed to the FBI, tying the Trump campaign to the claims. Papadopoulos was tipped off on the alleged dirt on Clinton by Mifsud.
“[Mifsud] is the guy who told Papadopoulos, he’s the guy who starts it all. And the FBI interviews him, he lies three times, and yet you don’t charge the crime. […] You charged Michael Flynn, a three-star general, for false statement. But the guy who puts the country through this whole saga — starts it all. For three years, we’ve lived this now. He lies and you guys don’t charge him. And I’m curious as to why?”
Mueller declined to get into his decision not to press charges. Jordan claimed this discrepancy justifies the investigations into the origins of the probe.