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story.lead_photo.caption U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark. is shown in this photo. - Photo by Frank E. Lockwood

WASHINGTON -- One year after his appointment as special counsel, Robert Mueller has spent a lot of time and money without exposing much wrongdoing, U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., said Thursday.

"We're up here trying to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars, and this $10 million investigation has not yielded anything productive," Crawford said.

Instead, the actions of Department of Justice and FBI officials have raised doubts about their own honesty and trustworthiness, Crawford said.

Patience with the former FBI director won't last forever, the House Intelligence Committee member said in an interview.

"At some point in time, I think the American people are going to tire of this and say, 'If you have some evidence, bring it forward. If you don't, it's time to cut our losses and move on,'" the Republican from Jonesboro said.

The House and Senate intelligence committees have found plenty of evidence that the Russians meddled in the nation's 2016 elections, Crawford said. But investigators have turned up "no evidence to suggest that President [Donald] Trump was involved in any collusion with the Russians."

Maintaining that a president can't be indicted while in office, Crawford said Mueller really "is out of his wheelhouse here."

While acknowledging that the special prosecutor has obtained indictments and guilty pleas, Crawford said he has concerns about "the tactics used to extract those guilty pleas and whether or not those are even valid."

Gen. Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts, wasn't told the truth by the people who questioned him, Crawford said.

"[They] first off said that he wasn't a target of the investigation," Crawford said.

Then they announced, "We've changed our mind. Now he is a target of the investigation," Crawford added.

"I'm wondering when the FBI is going to plead guilty to lying to the American people. Because these leaders in the FBI, [former director James] Comey, [former deputy director Andrew] McCabe, [agent] Pete Strzok, [attorney] Lisa Carter and others have all lied to the American people and yet they will not face one bit of consequence," Crawford said. "These FBI operatives and DOJ operatives are going to get off scot-free, it appears."

Some of those officials should face charges, Crawford said.

Comey, in particular, has been "highly inconsistent [in] his testimony," Crawford said.

"You might call it a lapse of memory. Some might call it perjury," he added.

Officials with the Department of Justice did not respond to a request for comment.

Chintan Desai, Crawford's Democratic opponent in the 1st Congressional District, said he has confidence in the Department of Justice, the FBI and Mueller.

"I think there should be a little more benefit of the doubt given to the folks who have been involved in this investigation," the Helena-West Helena educator said.

The special prosecutor "should be allowed to complete his job," he said.

A Section on 05/18/2018

Print Headline: Crawford: Money wasting; Arkansan says Mueller probe yielding little, costing a lot

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  • TuckerMax
    May 18, 2018 at 6:08 a.m.

    What? You want their work to publicly disclose all they've done? What a Trump putz this clown is. DoJ policy requires secrecy. Read them. You're in the government. Pay attention to the rules. Noboby else is.

  • PopMom
    May 18, 2018 at 6:26 a.m.

    Crawford has not said one word about the lavish trips and spending by much of Trump's cabinet. There is nothing more important than to investigate those who conspired with an evil foreign dictator. While I believe that a president should be subject to indictment, I agree that the better policy is to submit a report of his actions to Congress. This Congress might choose to do nothing, but the one being seated in January may not. While I have not yet seen a smoking gun that Trump knew what was going on, there is plenty of circumstantial evidence that he did. Does anybody truly believe that Trump's campaign people and his son did not tell Trump what was going on? If Trump was in the dark, why is he against Russian sanctions for their activities? The answer is that we have a Putin puppet in the WHite House. I don't know whether he owes Putin money or Putin has incriminating info on Trump or both, but something stinks.

  • 23cal
    May 18, 2018 at 6:39 a.m.

    Crawford says: "We're up here trying to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars, and this $10 million investigation has not yielded anything productive," Crawford said."
    The $8 million, two year House Select Committee on Benghazi found — like eight investigations covering another two years before it — no evidence of wrongdoing by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or other members of the Obama administration. Note that was AFTER two years and eight OTHER costly investigations. Where was your ballyhooed "good stewardship" then, Rick?
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    Crawford says: "The House and Senate intelligence committees have found plenty of evidence that the Russians meddled in the nation's 2016 elections."
    Then Mueller is doing his job, so what's the problem? It seems Crawford, as usual, doesn't have the slightest clue what he is talking about. Rosenstein's mandate to Mueller specifically includes: "to ensure a full and thorough investigation of the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election".
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    About "But investigators have turned up "no evidence to suggest that President [Donald] Trump was involved in any collusion with the Russians."
    How could he possibly know what evidence has been turned up which may suggest Trump colluded without access to the file of the investigation? Evidence comes out at the final report, not during the investigation. There has been no final report. Mueller's investigation isn't a political newspaper sideshow for political purposes like the House "investigation". I call Shenanigans.
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    Again, partisan hack Crawford shows his ignorance/determination to obfuscate here. Mueller's mandate says specifically: "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump." Somehow Crawford leaves out the keywords "campaign of". Mueller has uncovered a plethora of links and individuals "associated with the campaign."
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    Crawford said he has concerns about "the tactics used to extract those guilty pleas and whether or not those are even valid." I'm absolutely certain that if the tactics weren't valid then the trials will note that and dismiss charges. Funny, none of the real attorneys for the real defendants have managed or even tried to get charges dismissed due to improper tactics. I'm guessing they know what they are doing and, as usual, Crawford--who doesn't-- is playing his dishonest ignorance/determination to obfuscate game.
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    If you go through this item by item, it is just a ridiculous pile of condensed heifer dust, just a shameful dishonest gushing of verbal political diarrhea.

  • hah406
    May 18, 2018 at 8:10 a.m.

    Crawford is a joke. How much money and time did the GOP spend and waste on Bengazi and email servers? That went on for like four years. And how can you say this has produced nothing. It has already produced 75 charges against 22 separate individuals, and that is the tip of the iceberg. I would say one year in, it has been very productive.

  • TimberTopper
    May 18, 2018 at 8:26 a.m.

    Damn! Another lying Republican!

  • 3WorldState1
    May 18, 2018 at 8:40 a.m.

    Benghazi lasted four years. Watergate two. I'll give this one a chance.

  • mrcharles
    May 18, 2018 at 9:25 a.m.

    Just like the previous concerns over budget deficits these repugnants will look you straight in the eye and tell you lying lies as they are lying liars.

    My retort to this talking primate, " There are still unanswered questions as to russia and the trump crowd ". Sorry for borrowing the mantra of the lying liars on the Benghazi tragedy. Even the leader of the band of political agenda driven members recklessly spending money to help the RNC [ saw the french hill ad attacking nancy pelosi!!!... thought she was not running here in arkansas] is not as full of it as crawford- he evens questions the trump evasiveness .. Come on crawford stand up and be a man and have some integrity... or do you like commie killers?

  • JKM47
    May 18, 2018 at 9:34 a.m.

    "Mueller probe yielding little"??? Not inclusive of the just yesterday announcement of Manafort's ex-son-in-law's guilty plea, the special counsel has either indicted or extracted guilty pleas from 19 individuals and three companies. This "rebuttal" reeks of the GOP's increasing fear that the noose is tightening around the neck of a corrupt president and is yet another example of Crawford being in lock-step with the rest of his GOP brethren in an effort to preserve the GOP majority at ALL costs, regardless of the negative consequences to this nation. Good try, Crawford, but this "spin" is so transparent even die-hard Trumpies should be able to see through it!

  • hah406
    May 18, 2018 at 10:20 a.m.

    By way of comparison, Watergate actually lasted six years before it was over, Nixon just resigned about half-way through. Whitewater lasted for ten years! Benghazi lasted four years. Mueller is just getting started in comparison.

  • GeneralMac
    May 18, 2018 at 10:28 a.m.

    Most of you liberals mention Benghazi.

    Apples to oranges.

    An American embassy got attacked and people were killed including a US ambassador.

    Who got killed over this election?

    and old horse face ( Susan Rice) got offended if anyone dare question her damage control of " a movie protest that got out of hand "

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