Former House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz Monday called a federal judge's concerns about charges filed against President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort a "big deal," and special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators must follow the truth.
"It's a real big deal because the improbable election of Donald Trump is not probable cause to pursue him," Chaffetz, now a Fox News contributor, said on "Fox & Friends."
"They have got to follow evidence. They have got to follow, you know, the truth."
The question is, Chaffetz added, "what started this initial probe?"
Last week, U.S. Judge T.S. Ellis III, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan, scolded prosecutors in Virginia for squeezing manafort to get information that could help impeach Trump.
"You don't really care about Mr. Manafort's bank fraud," Ellis told Mueller's prosecutors. "You really care about getting information Mr. Manafort can give you that would reflect on Mr. Trump and lead to his prosecution or impeachment."
Manafort with filing false income tax returns, failing to report foreign bank accounts and bank fraud, relating to work he did for the government of Ukraine.
"It's become so far and so wide for Judge Ellis to push back on this and say 'show us the scope memo?'" said Chaffetz. "They have got to provide that. They won't provide it to Congress, but they have got to provide it to the judge."
Chaffetz said he loves the fact that Ellis is pushing back.
"You don't get unfettered access" he said. "You pursue truth and justice but do that through facts and evidence."
Instead, Chaffetz said the prosecutors are looking at every aspect of Trump's life.
"You have to have probable charge," the former lawmaker said.
Many legal experts are advising Trump not to sit down for questioning with Mueller and his team, but he has said he wants to do that.
"Most people think that, but I think Donald Trump also does things differently than anybody else," said Chaffetz. "In his heart of hearts, he wants to sit down and explain why he doesn't believe there is any sort of collusion whatsoever."
© 2021 Newsmax. All rights reserved.