House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said Thursday he always supported the decision to appoint Robert Mueller as special counsel in the investigation into Russian activities during President Donald Trump's 2016 election, but he thinks it's time to wrap the probe up.
"I have always been meticulous about keeping the Judiciary Committee, unlike other committees in the Congress away from investigating the same things Mr. Mueller is investigating," the Virginia Republican told Fox Business' "Mornings with Maria" host Maria Bartiromo. "We are not looking at the substance of any potential Russia interference in election or collusion with the Trump campaign.
There is no question, though, that it is a "major problem for any president of the United States for something to go long as has without evidence being shown the indictments that have occurred, do not relate to the underlying purpose of this investigation," said Goodlatte.
He continued that he believes the investigation into other matters, such as the one occurring with Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen, can be handled by U.S. attorneys.
"If Mr. Mueller has something he needs to act if he does not he needs to start wrapping this up because it is a cloud over this administration, and it needs to be brought to resolution," said Goodlatte.
Goodlatte on Thursday also took offense at former CIA Director John Brennan's comments about Trump and his meeting with NATO allies this week. In a tweet, Brennan called Trump's behavior "dangerously naive and grossly ignorant" of how the world works.
"For a former individual at a high level in the national security United States, to make the statement and assertions he makes are absolutely reprehensible," said Goodlatte. "I think that this itself is something that people need to take into account. He is not helping the national interests of the United States with some of the reckless claims that he makes in these statements."
Further, said Goodlatte, there are questions about the involvement of other administration employees under former President Barack Obama, and not just with the FBI and the Department of Justice, in how the investigation into the Trump campaign was launched more than two years ago.
"[It's] still going on and I have not seen any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia," said Goodlatte.
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