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Roe: House Dems won't move on from Mueller Report

Hank Hayes • May 3, 2019 at 1:05 PM

Congress is nowhere close to moving on from the Mueller Report, U.S. Rep. Phil Roe said in a Thursday conference call with reporters.

The House Democrat majority, said Roe, still wants post-report investigations.

“This is over,” Roe, R-Tenn., said. “There was no collusion. As best I can tell, there was no crime to start with. … I don’t know how you can obstruct something that wasn’t a crime. The Mueller Report had 40 FBI people, 19 lawyers who mostly had donated money to Democrat candidates, subpoenas, 500 search warrants, 230 orders of communications — that’s text messages and emails — 500 witness interviews, and there was nothing there. Did Russians try to interfere with our election? You betcha they did. I think the way they did it was through the Steele Dossier. … The Democrats are doing what they do. They’re trying to destroy the attorney general just like they did (then Supreme Court nominee) Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing.”

Roe also addressed these questions:

What’s going on to lessen veteran suicides?

Roe is the ranking member on the House Committee for Veterans Affairs. “It has not been a funding problem. We certainly have provided a great increase in funds from 2003 to around $2 billion. The president’s ask this year is $9.4 billion in funding for mental health and veteran suicide. We haven’t moved the needle at all.”

Will the House vote on the Green New Deal?

“Everybody agrees we need to lower CO2 emissions. We’re a very productive country. We make things. We don’t produce in the United States and in Canada and in Mexico as much CO2 as China does. China is exempted from this and so is India. … We’re forcing a vote. If you’re going to sign on to this thing, you ought to have to vote for it. … I have to do it all the time on things I don’t like to vote on. You can’t have it both ways if you’re for it and won’t vote for it.”

What’s going on with Medicare For All?

“There was a debate in the Rules Committee held on Medicare For All. I think that’s a debate we ought to have. We will do that. At some point, I’ll do a town hall and listen to people on that issue.”

What’s your take on House Democrats and the Trump administration talking about a $2 trillion infrastructure deal?

“There’s a huge need. There’s no question about that. I’m going to drive home today, and I get hives thinking about getting on (Interstate) 81 with all the trucks that are going to be out there today. … The question is how do you pay for it?”

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