Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president'

Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzThree legal scholars say Trump should be impeached; one thinks otherwise George Conway calls out Melania Trump after she criticizes impeachment witness: 'You're amplifying what was a nothingburger reference' Impeachment witness apologizes for mentioning Barron Trump in hearing MORE (R-Fla.), a staunch White House ally and member of the House Judiciary Committee, predicted former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE’s House testimony next week could be a political boon to the president.

“We are going to re-elect the president,” Gaetz told The New York Times when asked about his goal for Wednesday’s hearing in front of the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees.

Gaetz, a vociferous critic of the Justice Department’s upper echelon, has long maintained that the Mueller probe was tainted by allegations of corruption and bias among investigators against President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE.

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Trump and his allies have increasingly sought to move on from the Mueller probe heading into the 2020 election after the former special counsel declined to come to a conclusion over whether Trump obstructed justice.

Mueller detailed various contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian figures in his sprawling 448-page report released earlier this year, but he did not establish a conspiracy between the campaign and Moscow to interfere in the 2016 election.

Republicans have pointed to Mueller’s conclusions to suggest that the probe is a facet of Democratic overreach intended to try to oust the president. 

Mueller, however, maintained that his report did not exonerate the president of wrongdoing and noted existing Justice Department guidelines against indicting a sitting president.

For their part, Democrats hope Mueller on Wednesday will expound on parts of his report that may be embarrassing for the president, including 10 “episodes” he laid out of potentially obstructive behavior. 

“People think in narratives,” Rep. Madeleine DeanMadeleine DeanImpeachment inquiry enters critical new phase Democrat unveils bill requiring banks to identify suspicious activity related to guns Democratic lawmakers call on Judiciary Committee to advance 'revenge porn' law MORE (D-Pa.), a Judiciary Committee member, told The Hill this week. “There is an incredibly damning set of narratives in this report, and so that’s what we need Mr. Mueller to show.”