U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis began his Monday with a hit on Fox Business’s “Mornings with Maria Bartiromo.”
The Northeast Florida Congressman addressed a number of topics, ranging from the farm bill to the potential for Democrat Nancy Pelosi to be Speaker, while reiterating his position that the Robert Mueller investigation of President Donald Trump must end soon.
Regarding the farm bill, DeSantis threw shade at the Senate, saying there are “questions” about this “massive spending bill.”
“The problem is,” DeSantis said, “if you pass that out of the House with Republican votes, what happens in the Senate is they put all the other stuff back in there, and then an $867 billion bill ends up a trillion dollar bill.”
“A lot of us on the conservative side who want less spending are just looking over at the U.S. Senate. We’ve seen this game time and time again. There’s conservative reforms passed out of the House, then the ultimate package is the same old song and dance year after year.”
DeSantis also warned against the specter of Pelosi, a tenured California Democrat, becoming House Speaker.
“What Nancy would do is she would want to raise taxes,” DeSantis said, risking the current “economic progress.”
Beyond that, another existential peril: “Unfettered illegal immigration.”
And a further danger: “Non-stop investigations of the Trump Administration,” including moves to “impeach the President.”
“On what, I have no idea,” DeSantis said. “I’ve seen them try to force votes on those resolutions this year in Congress. Trying to impeach him over things like his Tweeting or criticizing the NFL players for kneeling.”
“It’s preposterous,” DeSantis added.
Regarding investigations of the President, DeSantis maintained his position that the current investigation from the Justice Department had serious conceptual holes and needed to end soon.
This position was bolstered over the weekend by federal judge T.S. Ellis, who in the case of Trump campaign operative Paul Manafort, asserted that the case against Manafort has nothing to do with Russian election interference, and was essentially a fishing expedition to find impeachment-level offenses against President Trump.
“When Rosenstein re-appointed Mueller, he didn’t clearly delineate what was to be investigated, and he didn’t identify a specific crime,” DeSantis said.
“It was basically just ‘do a counterintelligence investigation and turn it into a criminal investigation,’ which basically means you’re just trying to find any crime you can,” DeSantis added.
“Rosenstein has refused to rein in Mueller,” DeSantis said.
DeSantis asserted that the investigation “seems to be falling apart.”
“There’s no basis for collusion even after a full year of Mueller,” DeSantis added, “and a whole lot of Comey. I think it’s time to put up or shut up.”
If the investigation continues indefinitely, DeSantis said it could cast a shadow over the 2018 campaigns, and potentially beyond.