Nadler: Let Republicans 'waste their time' asking about FBI misconduct

Nadler: Let Republicans 'waste their time' asking about FBI misconduct
© Greg Nash

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerSecond Democrat representing Trump district backs impeachment GOP memo deflects some gun questions to 'violence from the left' House Democrats urge Trump to end deportations of Iraqis after diabetic man's death MORE (D-N.Y.) on Sunday said Republicans would be wasting their time by asking former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE about FBI misconduct.

“Very clear the Trump investigation was not predicated on the so-called dossier, there was nothing wrong with the FISA application, all the things that they’re talking about have been gone through," Nadler said on "Fox News Sunday."


“If they want to debate or discuss this irrelevancy, let them waste their time. What’s before the American people is the conduct of this president."

Nadler's remarks came after Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceBret Baier calls out Trump for lashing out at Fox News polls: 'Fox has not changed' The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters Chris Wallace becomes Trump era's 'equal opportunity inquisitor' MORE asked him whether there was a chance Republicans could benefit more from Mueller's testimony than Democrats, given that the former special counsel has promised not to go beyond information presented in his report.

Mueller is set to appear Wednesday before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees to testify about his two-year probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice by the president in subsequent investigations.

Republicans have long criticized the FBI’s alleged use of information from the controversial Steele dossier in an application to surveil onetime Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

The Department of Justice inspector general is said to have nearly completed his own review of the FBI’s actions in applying for the warrant.

The former special counsel found insufficient evidence to bring charges against Trump or his campaign over conspiring with Moscow during the 2016 presidential election, but declined to clear the president of obstruction of justice, outlining 10 “episodes” of possibly obstructive behavior but saying existing DOJ guidelines against indicting a sitting president prevented him from bringing charges.

Mueller has affirmed he would not discuss anything outside of the purview of his report during the hearing, though Democrats are eager for the opportunity for a national audience to hear some of the more powerful details.