Highlights from the Mueller testimony
Former U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified on Wednesday to the U.S. House of Representatives about his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and any possible obstruction of justice by President Donald...more
OPENING STATEMENT: "During the course of our investigation, we charged more than 30 defendants with committing federal crimes, including 12 officers of the Russian military. Seven defendants have been convicted or pled guilty." Pictured: Former...more
OPENING STATEMENT: "First, our investigation found that the Russian government interfered in our election in sweeping and systematic fashion." Pictured: A view shows the Kremlin wall, with the Moscow International Business Center also known as...more
OPENING STATEMENT: "Second, the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government in its election interference activities. We did not address 'collusion,' which is not a legal term. Rather, we...more
OPENING STATEMENT: "Third, our investigation of efforts to obstruct the investigation and lie to investigators was of critical importance. Finally ... we investigated a series of actions by the president towards the investigation. Based on Justice...more
OPENING STATEMENT: "I do not intend to summarize or describe the results of our work in a different way in the course of my testimony today. As I said on May 29: The report is my testimony." Pictured: Redacted pages of Mueller's report on Russian...more
INDICTING A PRESIDENT: Democratic Representative Ted Lieu asked if the reason Mueller did not indict Trump was the Justice Department's long-standing policy against charging a sitting president. Mueller replied: "That is correct," but in his...more
ON TRUMP: Asked whether the report exonerated Trump on the question of obstruction of justice, Mueller said: "That is not what the report said. The president was not exculpated for the acts that he allegedly committed." Pictured: President Trump...more
ON TRUMP: Asked if Trump wanted Mueller fired for investigating possible obstruction of justice: "That's what it says in the report, yes." Pictured: Members of the audience listen as Mueller testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on...more
ON TRUMP: Asked if the president could be prosecuted for obstruction of justice after he leaves office, Mueller said: "True." Pictured: Mueller stands before the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2019....more
LIARS: Democratic Representative Val Demings mentioned people who were charged with lying to Mueller's investigators and asked if there were lying witnesses who had not been indicted. "I think there's probably a spectrum of witnesses in terms of...more
LIARS: When Demings asked if lies by Trump campaign and administration officials had hindered his work, Mueller said: "I would generally agree with that." Pictured: The White House is seen after Mueller handed in his report to Attorney General...more
ON THE STEELE DOSSIER: In his opening statement, Mueller said he could not discuss the opening of the FBI's investigation into Russia or the so-called Steele dossier. "This is under investigation elsewhere in the Justice Department and consequently...more
ON THE STEELE DOSSIER: The dossier by Christopher Steele, a former British spy, was made public in 2017 and alleged that Moscow attempted to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and that there was potential collusion between Russia and Trump's...more
NATURE OF THE INVESTIGATION: Republican Representative Ken Buck said Mueller's list of incidents that could be obstruction of justice was an attempt to throw "a bunch of stuff against the wall to see what would stick." "I would not agree to that...more
DEFINE OBSTRUCTION: Democratic Representative Hakeem Jeffries said that in ordering Don McGahn, then the White House counsel, to fire Mueller and then lie about it, Trump had "committed an obstructive act," connected it to an official proceeding and...more
ABOUT THE MAKEUP OF HIS STAFF: "We strove to hire those individuals that could do the job," Mueller said. "What I care about is the capability of the individual to do the job and do the job quickly and seriously and with integrity." Pictured:...more
APPROACH BY RUSSIA: Democratic Representative Terri Sewell brought up a 2016 meeting Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and campaign officials had with a Russian lawyer they had been told could furnish information about Democratic presidential...more
WIKILEAKS: Asked about Trump's comments on WikiLeaks, including "I love WikiLeaks," after it released emails stolen from the Clinton campaign, Mueller said: "'Problematic' is an understatement in terms of what it displays in terms of giving some ......more
WIKILEAKS: As for communication between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks, Mueller said, "Disturbing and also subject to investigation." Pictured: Donald Trump Jr., arrives for an interview before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in...more
SUBPOENAING TRUMP: Trump gave investigators answers to written questions but Mueller said a face-to-face interview would have been preferred. After a year of negotiations, he said he chose not to subpoena Trump because the administration's...more
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