Gaetz: Mueller Probe Is So Baseless That He's Now 'Trolling Tweets'
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) said a new report that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is now examining President Trump's tweets is a sign of how "baseless" the Russia probe has become.
The New York Times reported Thursday that Mueller is particularly interested in Trump’s tweets about Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.
Mueller is examining if Trump obstructed justice by intimidating witnesses or pressuring officials to end the investigation, the Times reported.
"The Mueller probe is so baseless against the president they're literally down to trolling tweets," Gaetz said on "Outnumbered Overtime." "It highlights the absurdity of the entire endeavor."
He said Mueller has not yet uncovered any evidence that Trump colluded with Russia or obstructed justice, and this may just be an attempt to lengthen the probe through November's midterms.
"I think that there's an element of the Mueller probe that's waiting on the Trump piece in the hopes that Democrats will take control," Gaetz said. "And that's why it's so important that Republicans keep the House, so that we don't see the president railroaded."
On Wednesday night, 11 House Republicans introduced five articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the Mueller probe. He is accused of withholding documents and information from Congress, failing to comply with subpoenas and abusing FISA laws.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Thursday he disagrees with the move, suggesting it was "cavalier" to try to impeach Rosenstein. Gaetz said he's frustrated with Ryan's comments, arguing it's Rosenstein's actions that have been "cavalier."
"We need our leadership to be leaders and we need them to stand with us for the sake of the institution of the Congress to perform our necessary oversight," he said.
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