Jim Jordan: The Central Question Is When Did Mueller Decide There Was No Collusion

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Rep. Jim Jordan, the ranking Republican on the House Oversight Committee, said his biggest question for special counsel Robert Mueller is when did he discover that there was "no conspiracy" between the Trump campaign and Russia.

"How long did it take Bob Mueller?" he asked on ABC's "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos. "And if you learned this early on, why did you wait almost two years before you told the country there was no conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the election? After all, that was your central focus, your central task of this entire special counsel investigation."





REP. JIM JORDAN: [Whether Mueller testifies is] up to Jerry Nadler. I know this, I got questions for him. I think the one question most Americans want to know, when did you first learn there was... no collusion? The central charge of Bob Mueller -- the central task -- was to find if there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Actually, he says he didn't look at collusion. That’s not what he said. When he spoke in his report, it says very clearly he didn't examine that question. What he did say is that he could not establish a conspiracy between the Trump -- Trump campaign and Russia.

JORDAN: Say -- OK -- so when did you know there was no conspiracy, no coordination, no -- call it what you want, those -- those have been interchangeable for the last two years. So when did you know there was no conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia? We knew when we deposed Jim Comey -- when we deposed Jim Comey, he said all the way up until the day he was fired, May 9, 2017, he told us they had no evidence of any type of conspiracy, collusion or coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia. And that was after 10 months of FBI investigating him. That was after -- that was after putting Azra Turk next to George Papadopoulos, that was after using the dossier to spy on the Trump campaign via Carter Page.

So after 10 months if they couldn’t establish collusion, how long did it take Bob Mueller. And if you learned this early on, why did you wait almost two years before you told the country there was no conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the election? After all, that was your central focus, your central task of this entire special counsel investigation.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So --

JORDAN: So that’s a question I think the whole country has for Bob Mueller.

STEPHANOPOULOS: He didn't -- he didn’t bring in an indictment of Roger Stone until the end of the process. You don’t know that he didn’t -- that he had reached that conclusion early.

JORDAN: I don't know. But -- but I do know what Jim Comey told us and he said after 10 months of the FBI looking into this, they had no evidence of any type of coordination, conspiracy or collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to impact the 2016 election. So after 10 months he didn’t know, how long did it take Bob Mueller with 19 witness -- or 19 lawyers, most of them were Democrats who were out to get the president, how long did it take him to figure it out? That just -- I think that's a question most members and frankly most people in this country would have for Bob Mueller. So if he comes, that’s something that’s going to get asked.

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