- The Washington Times - Monday, June 10, 2019

Rep. Rob Woodall defended not reading special counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian election interference, saying he trusted Mr. Mueller but thought the investigation could possibly have an agenda.

“I said when we started this conversation that I trusted Mr. Mueller that he took a lot of slings and arrows throughout this process, but every U.S. Attorney I knew said that ‘this is a man of great integrity,’” the Georgia Republican said on MSNBC’s “Kasie DC” show.

“I have a concern when you put the entire power of the United States Justice Department behind anything you can achieve an agenda. You can drive a message,” he said.

Host Kasie Hunt pressed Mr. Woodall on his reasoning for not reading the report, asking: “As a concerned curious citizen, you weren’t interested to read it?”

Mr. Woodall replied “I didn’t read the Bill Clinton report, either. I didn’t follow any of that salacious news.”

“You weren’t in Congress at the time,” Ms. Hunt said.

“The role that I play in Congress, I promise you, is not to try to bring down a sitting president,” Mr. Woodall said. “I didn’t run to make a point, I ran to make a difference. And if I can’t get Nancy Pelosi and get President Trump to put a signature on this bill, I can’t make a difference for anyone.”

Mr. Woodall’s comments come as the House prepares for three days of hearings regarding the Mueller report, starting Monday with testimony from John Dean, former President Richard M. Nixon’s White House counsel during the Watergate scandal.

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