Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller is being crushed after he claimed that he was “not familiar” with the firm behind the infamous Steele dossier that helped launch the FBI investigation into the 2016 Trump presidential campaign.
During his long-awaited hearing with the House Judiciary Committee, Mueller was asked by Ohio Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) about the controversial Trump Tower meeting and the research associated with it from FusionGPS compiled by British ex-spy Christopher Steele, which alleged connections between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
The Steele dossier helped with securing the FISA warrant to investigate former Trump campaign aide Carter Page in 2016, and was paid for by the Democratic National Committee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s (D) presidential campaign.
“When discussing the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, you reference ‘the firm that produced the Steele reporting.’ The name of that firm was Fusion GPS. Is that correct?” asked Chabot.
Mueller asked for the page number while flipping through his massive report, which the Ohio Republican replied with, “Page 103. That’s correct — Volume II. When you talk about the firm that produced the Steele reporting, the name of the firm that produced that was Fusion GPS. Is that correct?”
Mueller responded by saying that he was “not familiar” with the firm.
Watch the video here:
Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH): “When you talk about the firm that produced the Steele [dossier], the name of the firm that produced that was Fusion GPS. Is that correct?”
Robert Mueller: “I’m not familiar … with that”
Chabot: “It’s not a trick question. It was Fusion GPS” pic.twitter.com/4WA0lhKc3x
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) July 24, 2019
Some Twitter users were not too happy with Mueller’s response, with one exclaiming “my Lord” in a tweet.
Robert Mueller literally just said he wasn't familiar with Fusion GPS. My Lord. My Lord.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) July 24, 2019
Another called the response “hilarious” and “a total, complete, apocalyptic disaster for the conspiracy-theory Democrats.”
Wait, what? Mueller was confused about who and what Fusion GPS is and does? This is a total, complete, apocalyptic disaster for the conspiracy-theory Democrats. This is imploding on them. Hilarious. #MuellerHearings
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) July 24, 2019
Another user called out Mueller, calling his statement “transparent obfuscation.”
Mueller says he is not "not familiar" with Fusion GPS, and it's outside his purview. That's such a joke. The activities of Fusion GPS in relation to the 2016 election were squarely within his purview, and he knows it. Transparent obfuscation
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) July 24, 2019
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said that Chabot’s “question was very important” as it showed that Mueller was “uninformed about the information.”
Steve Chabot’s questioning was very important. Mueller couldn’t even answer basic questions about the origin of the collusion conspiracy—about Fusion GPS, who is Glenn Simpson, etc. He was uninformed about the information.
Because his team never looked at it!
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) July 24, 2019
Check out some of the reactions:
How can Fusion Gps and Steele dossier be outside of Mueller’s “purview” entirely? They provided many of the allegations he spent all that time investigating. He could totally answer those questions that go to his report. #MuellerHearing
— Kimberley Strassel (@KimStrassel) July 24, 2019
Here's Robert Mueller saying he's "not familiar" with Fusion GPS.
Which is shocking…because Fusion GPS put together the Steele Dossier (paid for by Clinton) which was used to spy on the Trump campaign over non-existent Russia collusion. #MuellerHearings pic.twitter.com/X5M9e70qYw
— Andrew Clark (@AndrewHClark) July 24, 2019
Fusion GPS was how this whole investigation began, and yet after two years, Mueller has never heard of them?
— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) July 24, 2019
How does Mueller not recall Fusion GPS? Has he never read or watched ANYTHING on Russian collusion??
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) July 24, 2019
How can a 448 page report on Russian collusion not include a single mention of the salacious Fusion GPS dossier that was funded by Hillary Clinton?
Hillary and the DNC spent thousands to dig up foreign dirt on Trump yet there’s zero mention of Steele and Hillary?
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) July 24, 2019
SHOCKING: Robert Mueller claims he's "not familiar" with Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm that worked for Russian clients and produced the Steele Dossier for the Hillary Clinton campaign. https://t.co/iwo7R2PEme pic.twitter.com/OnGwv5qAlz
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) July 24, 2019
Mueller couldn’t even confirm *the fact* that we already know,
That the Steele Dossier originated from Fusion GPS.
What is the point of this? We are learning nothing new, and he can’t confirm what we *already* know?
This is simply pitiful political theater for the Democrats… pic.twitter.com/6BA0EFgLwQ
— Students For Trump (@TrumpStudents) July 24, 2019
How is Fusion GPS "outside my purview"? Robert Mueller can't explain why the investigation never explored the question of Democrat collusion with Russia.
— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) July 24, 2019
Mueller never heard of FusionGPS?
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) July 24, 2019
#Mueller just destroyed the crumb of credibility he had left when he claimed ignorance on what Fusion GPS was and did.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) July 24, 2019
Mueller’s response to Chabot’s question could prove troubling for the former special counsel following his grueling day of back-to-back hearings with the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees.