Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) doesn’t agree with his fellow Utah Senator Mitt Romney’s reaction to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report following his investigation into alleged collusion between President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia.
Appearing on Sunday’s “Face the Nation,” Lee was asked about Romney’s response to the report, in which he laid into the president, as IJR Blue reported. He responded by pointing to Romney’s past fear of Russia being a geopolitical threat, but said nothing in the Mueller report “changes my mind” about the president:
“There’s nothing in this report that changes my view of this president. I don’t think most Americans, I don’t think most senators, most members of Congress, I don’t think most Americans will have their view of the President of the United States changed by this report. There’s just nothing in there that should do that.”
Watch his comments below:
.@SenMikeLee reacts to @SenatorRomney’s criticism of @realDonaldTrump post Mueller report.
.@bobschieffer: Do you agree with him?
Lee: There’s nothing in this report that changes my view of this president… there’s just nothing in there that should do that. pic.twitter.com/JBRBqDpOoh
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) April 21, 2019
Lee was then pressed on if he thinks Mueller was “fair” to president Trump and argued that the special counsel was “thorough” but “odd.”
“For example, when he talks about obstruction. I think it’s odd to say, ‘I’m not going to make a recommendation, but I’m going to sound like I’m making a recommendation. There’s not evidence that I can point to but nonetheless I couldn’t get there even if I did,'” he said.
“It’s kind of strange to spend two years on that and then speak with the sort of tone that is reminiscent of Pinocchio in the movie ‘Shrek 3,'” he added. “It’s full of double negatives. It’s kind of confusing.”
Watch his comments below:
Sen. Mike Lee on Mueller's obstruction probe: "It's kind of strange to spend two years on that and then speak with the sort of tone that is reminiscent of Pinocchio in the movie 'Shrek 3'…It's full of double negatives. It's kind of confusing" https://t.co/v0c7sJ8kcM pic.twitter.com/qyWphp5m37
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 21, 2019
The senator appears to be referring to a scene from “Shrek 3” in which Pinocchio states a string of double negatives in order to avoid giving a straight answer.
Watch the scene below:
Following his critical comments of the president, Romney has come under fire from President Trump himself, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Mueller’s report was released on Thursday and established no collusion between the president and Russia.