Everybody has an opinion about Robert Mueller’s investigation into the connections between the Trump campaign and Russia. Some, like former director of national intelligence James Clapper, think it has the potential to be bigger than Watergate. Others, like CNN’s Van Jones, have called it a “nothing burger.”
Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Florida), who serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, has made it clear over the last few days that he falls in the latter category.
On Thursday, in an op-ed published on FoxNews.com, DeSantis criticized Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s handling of the investigation and expressed concerns about how long it will go on.
‘[Rosenstein’s] clumsy management of this matter is the reason why many Americans are concerned that the investigation lacks focus and will veer into unrelated matters, thereby extending the probe far into the future and hampering the ability of the Trump administration to attend to the people’s business.’
DeSantis went on to say that Rosenstein’s appointment of Mueller to serve as special counsel has been “effectively an invitation to conduct a fishing expedition.”
‘And news reports have suggested that the investigation is veering into territory that has little, if any, relationship to the question of whether anyone committed crimes while in cahoots with the Russians.’
He then argued that Congress should “use the upcoming appropriations bills” to put limits on Mueller’s investigation.
‘Congress should use the upcoming appropriations bills to establish clear limits to the scope and duration of the special counsel investigation.’
DeSantis wants these limits to include a denial of funding for the investigation into matters that precede the beginning of Trump’s campaign, as well as a cap on how long the investigation can go on.
‘Specifically, Congress should deny funding for the investigation of any matters that precede the commencement of the 2016 presidential campaign. This will prevent the investigation from going off the rails and from becoming a roving commission to simply “find something” on members of the Trump administration, including the president himself.
‘In addition, Congress should terminate funding for the investigation at a date certain – say, 180 days from the date of enactment – so that the Trump administration and the Congress can move on to dealing with the key issues facing the American people.’
DeSantis also said about the “drag” the investigation is placing on the Trump administration:
‘The drag that such an investigation places on an administration means that the business of governing is necessarily hindered. For his part, President Trump is reviled by the Washington ruling class and the appointment of a special counsel is a way for the “Swamp” to seek his presidency’s destruction — through investigative paralysis at least, with no evidence of wrongdoing uncovered.’
Earlier this week, DeSantis introduced an amendment that would implement the limits he described in his op-ed. Whether or not DeSantis’ amendment gets a vote on the House floor remains to be seen, though, as the House Rules Committee has the ability to discard amendments that it deems inappropriate or unnecessary.
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