During a press conference Wednesday, Mueller announced his resignation and reiterated his findings that there was no evidence of a criminal conspiracy between President Donald Trump and the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election.
Jordan — who is the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee — wasn’t surprised by Mueller’s finding, in large part because he had already heard there was no evidence of collusion from former FBI Director James Comey several months ago.
As IJR reported at the time, Comey explained that the FBI had not found evidence that the Trump campaign had colluded with the Russians. He also noted that, even if they had found evidence of collusion, collusion is not a crime.
During an interview on “This Week ABC,” Jordan told host George Stephanopoulos that he wants to know why it took Mueller so long to come to the same conclusion as Comey.
Watch Jordan’s comments:
"That's up to Jerry Nadler. I know this: I got questions for him," Rep. Jim Jordan says when asked if Mueller should testify before Congress.
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“So when did you know there was no conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia? We knew when we deposed Jim Comey. When we deposed Jim Comey, he said all the way up to the day he’s fired — May 9, 2017 — he told us they had no evidence of any time of conspiracy, collusion, or coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia. […] So after 10 months, if they couldn’t establish collusion, how long did it take Bob Mueller? If you learned this early on, why did you wait almost two years before you told the country that there was no conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the election. After all, that was your central task of this entire special counsel investigation.”
Jordan noted that he hopes Mueller will volunteer to testify before the House on the report, though the special counsel said he would not speak to matters beyond what was already written.
For now, it isn’t clear if House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler will ask Mueller to testify or not.