MSNBC host presses GOP lawmaker on why he didn't read Mueller report

Rep. Rob WoodallWilliam (Rob) Robert WoodallThe tale of the last bipartisan unicorns McCarthy guarantees GOP will take back House in 2022 Rundown of the House seats Democrats, GOP flipped on Election Day MORE (R-Ga.) says he “trusted” Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE to do his job when pressed on why he didn’t read the special counsel's full report.

On MSNBC Sunday night, host Kasie Hunt pushed Woodall on why he didn’t read the 448-page report, which summed up a nearly two-year-long investigation on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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"I said when we started this conversation that I trusted Mr. Mueller — he took a lot of slings and arrows throughout this process, but every U.S. attorney I knew said this is a man of great integrity. He’s gonna lead this investigation."

“So why not read the report?” Hunt asked.

“Well, 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."

"So you think the Mueller report was just driving an agenda?" Hunt continued. "There's nothing there that's worth figuring out?"

Ultimately, Woodall said, “obstruction is not a political issue, it is a criminal issue,” adding that Congress isn’t obligated to review the report, which did not bring any charges against President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE but did not exonerate him.

“The constituents I represent don't want to see criminal activity at any place,” he said, “but they also don't want to see folks grinding their political axes when there are important economic issues, family issues, education issues that need to be handled."

"Folks are looking to turn that page," Woodall added. "I know people are pouring through that Mueller report looking for something to talk about again tomorrow and next week and the month after that."

Woodall said he “didn’t read the Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonHas China already won? Budget impasses mark a critical turning point in Biden's presidency Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results MORE report, either. I didn't follow any of that salacious news.”

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