Gov. Andrew Cuomo was asked Thursday for his thoughts on the appointment of a special counsel to investigate allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

The development of the appointment of Robert Mueller to lead the effort is widely seen as a deepening of the crisis facing the Trump administration.

“I think more than anything else Americans want to know they’re getting the truth,” Cuomo said. “The fundamental backbone of democracy is citizens get the truth about the government. To the extent this will answer that question, I think that is a good thing.”

But Cuomo, who has refrained from a sustained criticism of President Trump save for blasting his immigration policies, pivoted to a far bigger villain for him: the Republican-led Congress and a “hyperconservative” ideology that has taken over the party writ large.

“This is not just about a new president or a new White House,” he said. “What really is happened is we have unleashed an ultraconservative ideology that has taken over the Congress. That ultraconservative ideology has been growing for years and years.”

Cuomo, at length, blasted Republicans in Congress for their stances on economic and social issues, calling them “hypocrites” on health insurance issues.

“It’s far worse than one inhabitant in the White House,” he said. “It is a rampant ideology that they’re looking to impose all across this country. They are zealots, they are rabid, they are right, everyone else is wrong. There is no compromise. They have a full theory against a woman’s right to choose because God told them so. Against a union’s right to organize.”

Cuomo’s ire in recent weeks has been drawn toward two New York House representatives: Republicans John Faso and Chris Collins, the authors of an amendment that would shift the county Medicaid burden to the state.

Trump, meanwhile, has remained at a remove for Cuomo, who early on the governor had hoped would help New York with infrastructure spending.