Top Judiciary Republican: Mueller believes 'you're guilty until we prove you innocent'

The top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee on Sunday criticized remarks by Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE, saying that they showed the special counsel believes "you’re guilty until we prove you innocent.”

Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsHouse unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Trump praises GOP unity in opposing resolution condemning tweets House votes to condemn Trump for 'racist comments' MORE (R-Ga.) was specifically critical of Mueller's decision to say that if his two-year investigation of Trump had resulted in his team being confident that the president had not committed a crime, "we would have said so."

"He starts from the premise that's ... the wrong narrative from America, that we're proving innocence here and you're guilty until we prove you innocence," Collins said.


Collins also speculated Sunday that Mueller is attempting to avoid testifying before the panel so as not to answer questions on the origins of his investigation.

Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerTrump knocks Mueller after deal struck for him to testify House Democrats request briefing on Epstein, Acosta Nadler apologized after repeatedly calling Hope Hicks 'Ms. Lewandowski' at hearing MORE (D-N.Y.) is “willing to subpoena anything that moves” but has yet to subpoena the special counsel, Collins told “Fox News Sunday,” which he said indicated “I don’t think he really wants to talk to Mueller.”

“It’s better for [Nadler] to continue a narrative that Robert Mueller said things or implied things that he’s trying to imply to the American people is impeachment,” Collins said. Republicans on the panel, he said, “would like to talk to Robert Mueller because we do have questions.”

“Nadler likes to continue the innuendo and doubt that has been placed, and at the same time Robert Mueller doesn’t want to talk to Congress because he’s going to get real questions about how the investigation was done [and] where it started,” Collins added.

Mueller has said he does not want to testify and that his report should serve as his testimony.