Democrats and mainstream media pundits have peddled the Trump-Russia collusion story for years and are furious that Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded his investigation without indicting President Trump or anyone within the administration for collusion. But, they aren’t the only ones frustrated by the decision.
Republicans too are sharing some tense words with the Special Counsel for continuing the nearly two-year investigation without a collusion indictment. Was it a complete waste of money?
From the Hill:
A senior Justice Department official has told media outlets that Mueller will not recommend new indictments against Trump’s inner circle, which Trump’s defender’s have seized on to argue that the investigation was the “witch hunt” that the president always claimed it to be.
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and staunch Trump ally, took to Twitter immediately to argue the lack of additional indictments would reveal the investigation was a waste of time and taxpayers’ money.
“It would mean we just completed 2 years of investigating ‘Russian collusion’ without ONE collusion related indictment. Not even one. Why? Because there was no collusion,” he tweeted.
In a statement to the Hill, Republican Congressman Steve Scalise similarly remarked that the investigation reached the same conclusion that Republicans have been saying all along: no collusion.
“The reports that there will be no new indictments confirm what we’ve known all along: there was never any collusion with Russia,” Scalise said, per the report. “I am glad Attorney General Barr will now be able to review the report, and I look forward to Congress being fully briefed on its findings, including the cost to taxpayers.”
During a follow-up appearance on Fox News Channel, Scalise told host Sean Hannity that the lack of additional indictments “does vindicate President Trump” and “gives credence to those claims that this was a witch hunt.”
“I’d like to see not only the report made public but how many tens of millions of taxpayer dollars were spent over nearly two years to meander around and, as you say, bully people,” he said.
Scalise also demanded that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, be held accountable for what he called the “smearing” of “good people,” pointing to Schiff’s claim that there was more than circumstantial evidence of collusion with Russia.
Fox News host Sean Hannity also criticized Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigative team.
“Mueller hired zero, zip registered Republicans,” Hannity said, per the Hill.
“If there’s no collusion, obstruction or conspiracy that was found, nothing else matters no matter what these people that have been selling you lies for years tell you,” the Fox News host added.
Republican Congressman Andy Biggs plainly said in a statement on Friday, “This investigation should never have happened.”
“This travesty of justice should never again occur to any American,” the Arizona Republican added.
Here’s even more:
Rep. Devin Nunes (Calif.), the top-ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, slammed the Mueller investigation as an outgrowth of a political operation by allies of Clinton and former President Obama who worked with “dirty cops” at the FBI.
“People need to remember that this likely dates back to late 2015, early 2016. This was began — nothing more, nothing less — [as] a Clinton-Obama operation with a bunch of dirty cops at the FBI and career Justice Department officials that were all part of it,” he told Fox News Channel’s Laura Ingraham Friday.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Friday said the allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian agents were “always ludicrous.”
“We have lived through three separate investigations into Russia collusion, not just Mueller but a committee in the House and a committee in the Senate and they spent years looking at this. In the end they found nothing,” he said.
Carlson also called for the resignations of House Democrats who have predicted Mueller would find evidence of collusion, including Schiff and Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.).
At the time of publication, President Trump has yet to comment on Mueller concluding his investigation.
“The White House said Trump has not been briefed on the report,” the Hill also reports.
“The next steps are up to Attorney General Barr, and we look forward to the process taking its course,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, via the report. “The White House has not received or been briefed on the Special Counsel’s report.”