Rep. DeSantis on Defunding Russia Probe: Mueller Needs to 'Put Up or Shut Up'
A Republican congressman proposed an amendment to the upcoming federal spending bill that would all but end Robert Mueller's special investigation of President Trump six months after the bill's passage.
Rep. Ron DeSantis' (R-Fla.) amendment says that no funds from the spending package "may be used to fund activities pursuant to [the special counsel probe] later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act."
Mueller has been investigating President Trump's alleged ties to Russia and any collusion between the two during the 2016 election.
Rep. Pete Sessions' (R-Texas) Rules Committee is often the group of legislators who consider whether amendments like DeSantis' can be considered or whether they are out of regular order.
On "Fox & Friends," DeSantis said he doesn't want to fund "phishing expeditions," which is what he believes the Mueller probe amounts to.
"With a special counsel, it's not like a normal prosecutor, where you have all these other cases you got to worry about. This is all you're doing," DeSantis said. "And so, if you don't have obvious evidence of a crime, your incentive is to just find something."
He said that's why he's calling for the investigation to focus solely on the Trump campaign and Russia, and also for it to have a set end date.
"No phishing expeditions," he said. "Put up or shut up and let's get on with the American people's business."
Watch the interview above.