Rep. Stewart suggests Mueller should be arrested for his corrupt investigation

December 6, 2017

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House Republicans aren’t playing games anymore.

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) suggested on Tuesday that Robert Mueller should be arrested for leading a corrupt investigation. “I’m only half-kidding on this,” Stewart said. “When they come to the hill we should arrest him [Mueller].”

This comes as Mueller’s investigation is under scrutiny following revelations that a top investigator who was dismissed over the summer had anti-Trump biases. The probe is now fixating on whether Trump can be charged with obstruction of justice for firing Michael Flynn, former national security adviser, at a time when Trump allegedly knew Flynn had lied to the FBI.

Mueller Obstructing Justice?

Speaking to David Asman on Fox’s After the Bell, Stewart suggested that the House should escalate past contempt charges and arrest Mueller for obstructing justice. The nearly-$7 million investigation has so far found no evidence with which to charge Trump with collusion.

If anyone is obstructing justice, said Stewart, it’s Mueller and the Justice Department themselves.

Stewart and other House Republicans have pressed the Department of Justice (DOJ) for months on information related to the dismissal of Peter Strzok, the top investigator who was removed from the Special Counsel probe for sending anti-Trump text messages to an FBI lawyer.

The Justice Department has abused the people’s trust, Stewart asserted. He added that the House Intelligence Committee would continue to press on contempt charges.

“Arrest Him”

Asman noted that the last attorney general to be held in contempt, Eric Holder, ignored the charges. If the DOJ ignores the contempt charges, it might be necessary to escalate, Stewart responded.

“Congress has to be more willing to enforce our authority, to enforce our prerogatives as the People’s house,” Stewart said.

Watch his full talk on Mueller:

Beyond Contempt

Rep. Stewart and other House Intelligence Republicans had previously threatened to hold the FBI and the DOJ in contempt of Congress for ignoring the House’s requests for information on Strzok’s demotion.

Led by Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the Committee began drafting a resolution on Tuesday charging FBI director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein with stonewalling the House’s Trump-Russia investigation after the agency missed a Monday deadline to produce information.

The Committee issued a subpoena to the DOJ on Aug. 24 asking for an explanation for the July dismissal of Strzok. The reason wasn’t revealed until earlier this month, when outlets including The New York Times broke the story.

“By hiding from Congress, and from the American people, documented political bias by a key FBI head investigator for both the Russia collusion probe and the Clinton email investigation, the FBI and DOJ engaged in a willful attempt to thwart Congress’ constitutional oversight responsibility,” Nunes said.

House Republicans are clearly running out of patience. And with new reporting that another official assigned to Mueller’s probe showed anti-Trump bias in emails, Stewart’s frustration is justified.

Matthew Boose

Matthew Boose is a staff writer for Conservative Institute. He has a Bachelor's degree from Stony Brook University and has contributed to The Daily Caller and The Stony Brook Press.