K. Baish| It has been reported that Republican Freedom Caucus Chairman Representative Mark Meadows will be requesting a full financial audit of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged collusion between President Donald Trump and Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign. It has been reported that millions have been funneled into investigating things that are outside the scope of the investigation.
Meadows currently sits on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He explained during an interview with C-Span’s “Newsmakers,” on Sunday that an audit is necessary to ensure that Mueller’s team is spending the millions of dollars allowed for the probe properly, as reported by the Washington Examiner.
The congressman explained, “There is some $3 million-plus that have been spent, or actually potentially not spent in a correct manner. I’m not making any conclusion to that, because I always want to back up what I have, but we believe we need to look at that a little bit closer. We believe the American people need to know the scope of the investigation.”
Meadows reminded Americans that on August 2, 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote a “scope memo,” which outlined the parameters of the probe. This was months after he appointed Robert Mueller as head of the special counsel. The document also came just a few days after the July 26 FBI raid on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s home.
The congressman also dismissed the possibility that an audit that was performed by the watchdog Government Accountability Office would jeopardize the conduct of the investigation.
“The scope of that investigation is not part of the investigation,” Meadows said. “We believe since we’re funding it that we should be able to look at that scope.”
Take a look at the interview below:
Western Journal reports:
The Washington Post’s Mike Debonis contended the main reason Meadows wants to perform the financial audit is to gain access to an unredacted copy of the Rosenstein’s scope memo, which so far the Justice Department has been unwilling to turn over.
“The 2017 ‘scope memo’ has turned into a major flash point between the Justice Department and a cadre of House Republicans — including Meadows and other members of the Freedom Caucus — who say that Mueller has gone outside the bounds of his original charge to investigate possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign,” The Post reported.
A federal judge suggested that Mueller’s team had lied about the scope of the investigation last week during a hearing for Manafort. The judge stated that the real reason for the prosecution was to bring down Trump.
United States District Judge T.S. Ellis III stated, “You don’t really care about Mr. Manafort. You really care about what information Mr. Manafort can give you to lead you to Mr. Trump and an impeachment, or whatever.”
Ellis insisted on seeing an unredacted scope memo.
The special counsel seemed to indicate that their powers in regard to the investigation are written out for them in numerous documents, which include the scope memo. However, some of their powers remain secret as they have to do with ongoing investigations.
Ellis didn’t like their answer. He responded, “We don’t want anyone with unfettered power.”
He finished off by summing up Mueller’s position, “We said this was what (the) investigation was about, but we are not bound by it and we were lying.”
“Come on, man!” he yell out.
Ellis gave the government two weeks to come up with the unredacted scope memo or give him a credible explanation for not following through.
When prosecutors stated the redacted memo did not have to do with the Manafort case, Ellis answered, “I’ll be the judge of that.”