Mark Meadows: "Crimes Were Committed And People Need To Go To Jail"


Rep. Mark Meadows, a Republican member of the Judiciary Committee, told FNC's Maria Bartiromo on "Sunday Morning Futures" that the long-anticipated DOJ inspector general's report "investigating the investigators" on Russiagate is not going to come out this month as previously stated.

"One of the reasons for that is additional information has been given to the inspector general for them to investigate," he said about the delay. "But I believe based on the documents I've seen, that crimes were committed and people need to go to jail."

MARIA BARTIROMO, FOX NEWS: So all of these misconceptions and misrepresentations in the Mueller report, is there going to be accountability here, congressman? I mean, you talk about John Brennan, Peter Strzok, Andrew McCabe, James Comey, all of these people that created this narrative that the president was colluding with Russia, will we see accountability?

REP. MARK MEADOWS: Well it's the number one question I get asked back home in North Carolina and across the country: "Will there be accountability?" And I'm here to tell you this morning, the answer is yes. Bill Barr is serious about making sure they reestablish the reputation of the FBI and the Department of Justice, and I can tell you that unless someone actually goes to jail, most of the people will think that accountability didn't happen, but I believe based on the documents I've seen, that crimes were committed and people need to go to jail.

BARTIROMO: And what about the IG report, a word on that because we've all been waiting for this. A couple of weeks ago you're on with me and you said to expect that within the month. Now we're being told maybe it's a little longer than that. What can you tell us, Michael Horowitz's report?

MEADOWS: Well only Michael Horowitz knows the exact timeframe of when it's coming out. Obviously, the attorney general had indicated that he hoped to see it in June. I'm not as optimistic now and one of the reasons for that is additional information has been given to the inspector general for them to investigate. I would rather them get it right than get it fast and I believe their whole team is doing a very good job in making sure that they hold those people accountable like you just spoke about.

BARTIROMO: So just to be clear we won't get the IG report, it's unlikely we'll get the IG report in June, what about July?

MEADOWS: That's my opinion. I can tell you inspector Horowitz obviously hasn't communicated that to my knowledge to anybody on capitol hill, but based on what I'm see ing in terms of additional information being shared with him I think it'll be a while.

BARTIROMO: Okay so it'll be a while because he's gathering more information, and in terms of Mueller do you want him to come down and testify? You saw him at this press conference last week. He said I'm done. The report speaks for itself.

MEADOWS: Well if the Democrats are smart, they will let him be done with it because I can tell you, Jim Jordan and I are very prepared to ask a series of at least eight different questions that would indicate perhaps a lack of thoroughness on behalf of Robert Mueller and his team about Mueller report.

BARTIROMO: so in other words, why did he have all Democratic donors on his team of investigators?

MEADOWS: Well it's not even just that. I believe that Andrew Weissman, who was actually involved in some of the early work at the FBI and DOJ when they were first starting with Peter Strzok and Bruce Ohr and them, you know, he came on. I think his fingerprint is all over this particular Mueller report and from my perspective, it's a one-sided report that doesn't give the privilege of a cross-examination, so if they come, they need to be prepared to be cross-examined with the facts which would paint a very different picture on behalf of this president, and give credence to why he has been so upset with the ongoing investigation.

BARTIROMO: Well he's not going to come unless he's subpoenaed. Is a subpoena in the cards?

MEADOWS: Well I think it is, according to Chairman Nadler they're talking about potentially issuing a subpoena to Robert Mueller. I think it would not be a prudent move on his part but I'm all for transparency, let's get everything out there and I believe at the end of the day, when transparency happens, a number of people will start to understand that this president was not only innocent, but he was right in being able to elevate this to the position he has been.

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