Judge Nap: Rick Gates Is Likely Providing a 'Treasure Trove' of Info to Mueller
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Special Counsel Robert Mueller is now reportedly looking into whether the United Arab Emirates bought political influence via ties to the Trump campaign.
According to the New York Times, Mueller's investigators have interviewed George Nader, a businessman who advised UAE leaders and visited the White House frequently last year.
Critics have immediately called out Mueller for seeming to go beyond the original scope of his investigation into Russian election interference and whether the Trump campaign was involved.Article continues below
Judge Andrew Napolitano said it would be "absolutely misconduct in office if Bob Mueller overlooked something like this."
He emphasized that the recent guilty plea by Rick Gates - the longtime business partner of indicted former campaign chairman Paul Manafort - could be leading the Mueller probe to new areas of inquiry.
The Fox News senior judicial analyst highlighted that Gates was the deputy campaign director, served as a transition official and frequently visited the White House.
"My suggestion to you is that the guilty plea of Richard Gates ... has proven to be a treasure trove for Mueller and company and he probably has opened their eyes to other influences on the campaign about which they knew little before he became a cooperating witness," he explained.
Napolitano agreed that the Mueller investigation only appears to be expanding, questioning why the State Department has reportedly not spent any of the $120 million allocated to combat interference in elections by foreign governments.
"There obviously is something going on with the Russians and Bob Mueller is determined to get to the bottom of it," he said.
Napolitano said Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) "has a point" when he calls for a second special counsel to investigate alleged surveillance abuses by the Justice Department and FBI.
He said such an appointment is unlikely, since Attorney General Jeff Sessions is recused from the matter and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, would essentially be calling for an investigation of himself.
Napolitano said the DOJ's inspector general lacks the power to interrogate people no longer at the Justice Department, like former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
Watch the discussion above.