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

Rep. Rob WoodallWilliam (Rob) Robert WoodallHouse Democrats target 2020 GOP incumbents in new ad The House Republicans and Democrats not seeking reelection in 2020 House GOP fears retirement wave will lead to tsunami MORE (R-Ga.) says he “trusted” Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: 'I'd like to know' if Mueller read his own report 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 John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated 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 ClintonThe magic of majority rule in elections The return of Ken Starr Assault weapons ban picks up steam in Congress MORE report, either. I didn't follow any of that salacious news.”

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