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In this report by Todd Starnes, “Fox & Friends Weekend” checks in with the Freedom Caucus co-founder from the House, Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC) who says he is worried about the direction of the Judiciary Committee’s investigation into the Russia probe, and is going both ways when it comes to the fact that the final report won’t be ready until after the midterm elections.
“If they were doing a fair and impartial job in doing their job, there’s no reason they couldn’t be releasing the report before the November election but they’re not. I think I can say confidently that there is a lot of frustration at the Judiciary Committee that their job is being largely ignored and that that frustration is at the point where they’re considering asking the Department of Justice for assistance in trying to do a fair and nonpartisan investigation into this,” Rep. Meadows said.
In this segment of “Fox & Friends Weekend,” Rep. Meadows joins the show to explain how certain memos regarding the Russia probe came about.
On whether he is surprised that the memo is still being given so much attention: “I think that it is surprising that these things continue to attract public attention. I think that it is a serious matter and I think that the concern is that we have a first-rate committee that is looking into these issues and I think that they should do so independent of the political process. They certainly should do so without a predetermined outcome from the getting going on it.”
On President Trump’s approval rating: “I think that Americans are on the side of Mr. Trump in this sense. They want to make the things they see working in his favor and they want to make sure that he can hold on to those things for a long time and he wants to hold them. He is very interested in the survival of those things. He wants to see that stuff achieved. He wants to make sure that everything he has done can be turned into a strength, not a weakness. I think that most Americans share that perspective and I think it probably is probably one of the things that is a factor in why he has seen such high approval ratings on a more consistent basis over the course of the last couple of months.”
On the timing of the memo and the evidence that underpins it: “It was always a highly misleading claim at best that our briefing with the intelligence committee produced a tie to what Russia did to our election. It didn’t. That briefing did nothing to shed light on Russia or what they had done to our election system but it did shed light on how they operated and did it because they had an interest in running elections that would serve their interests, but it shed light on what they’ve done in other countries. It wasn’t an indictment of the executive branch, it was looking at specific allegations that, one, have brought them to a whole other level; two, have been pursued as a matter of justice within the executive branch by a line of leadership that is different than the politics that have led them into the situation they are in right now.”
On which side of the spectrum the White House falls on in the memo’s memo: “Well, this memo is partisan in nature. It completely and totally exonerates the president from any collusion, obstruction of justice or any of the allegations that are referenced in it. The only people who are being accused of any wrongdoing by it are the Justice Department and former top officials in the intelligence community that were overly political on a number of occasions.”
On why the media is focusing on whether or not the memo exposes a lack of independence in the FBI: “It’s just so irresponsible. I mean they were funded by groups who had a lot of money invested, including big checks from Charles and David Koch who are very much invested in conservative causes. As a result, they wouldn’t waste their money on a partisan script that the Democrats have. It would be irresponsible for this White House not to oppose it on that front. That is truly stunning.”
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