Republican members of Congress haven’t been eager to do much with the information outlined in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report, but at least one GOP congressman is admitting he hasn’t read it.
Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.) made the candid admission in a Sunday evening appearance on MSNBC’s “Kasie DC.”
“I have not,” Woodall said when asked by host Kasie Hunt if he had read the report.
Woodall said he trusted Mueller but has “a concern when you put the entire power of the United States Justice Department behind anything you can achieve an agenda.”
Hunt pressed Woodall on his decision not to read the report, citing the ten episodes of possible obstruction outlined in the report. Mueller, explaining at an April press conference that he was bound by DOJ precedent against charging the president with a crime, appeared to punt the issue to Congress to determine how to proceed with the information he had made available.
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But Woodall remained unconvinced, arguing that the priorities of his constituents were on other issues:
“The constituents I represent don’t want to see criminal activity at any place. They also don’t want to see folks grinding their political axes when there are important economic issues, family issues, education issues, that need to be handled.”
Woodall argued that people are ready to “turn that page” and others are merely digging through the special counsel’s report “looking for something to talk about again tomorrow and next week and the month after that.”
Pressed as to whether he even wanted to read the report as a “concerned, curious citizen,” Woodall shot back that he had not read Ken Starr’s report during the Clinton administration. But Woodall was only a staffer on Capitol Hill during the Clinton impeachment — not a member of Congress tasked with acting as a check on the executive branch.
Woodall has already announced his intention to retire at the end of his current term after narrowly winning reelection in 2018.