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Mueller concludes day of testimony

by Harvest Prude
Posted 7/24/19, 06:02 pm

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump and his allies sought to frame former special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress on Wednesday as a win for the president. In back-to-back hearings of the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees, Mueller largely reiterated the conclusions of his two-year investigation, pushing back on partisan talking points from members of both parties. After the hearing, Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale called the day “a disaster for Democrats,” adding, “This entire spectacle has always been about the Democrats trying to undo the legitimate result of the 2016 election, and today they again failed miserably.” Meanwhile, the president tweeted that he would “like to thank the Democrats for holding this morning’s hearings.”

In his opening statements, Mueller said he would not speak to anything outside the purview of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. He pushed back on Republicans’ questions of whether the probe was biased against Trump, denying the president’s characterization of the investigation as a “witch hunt.” Mueller declined to discuss the origins of the inquiry, referring lawmakers instead to the FBI.

In his hearing before the Intelligence Committee Wednesday afternoon, Mueller retracted one aspect of his testimony from his time in front of the Judiciary Committee that morning, when Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif, asked if he didn’t indict Trump on obstruction of justice charges due to the Department of Justice policy that it cannot indict a sitting president. Mueller responded, “That is correct.” But in the afternoon session, he retracted it, clarifying that “we did not reach a determination as to whether the president committed a crime.”

Mueller also honed in on national security concerns raised in the report, calling foreign attempts to interfere with U.S. elections among the most serious threats to American democracy he had witnessed. He urged lawmakers and national security officials to respond swiftly and not “let this problem continue to linger as it has over so many years.”

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 07/24/2019 10:06 pm

    This is so tragic!  The hope we had, that further testimony by Mr. Mueller would at last relieve the symptoms felt by sufferers of TDS, has been dashed!

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 07/25/2019 04:27 pm

    I actually have what I consider excellent reasons to like and respect Robert Mueller:  he served as a Marine infantry officer in VietNam and was decorated for valor.

    So my instinct is to believe in his truthfulness and integrity. I guess that I’m going to take him at his word on the matters of collusion and obstruction: the investigation could not find clear evidence that President Trump committed crimes, nor could they definitively demonstrate he didn’t. 

    But maybe the TDS sufferers shouldn’t take too much from that. For I also consider Oliver North a man of truthfulness and integrity, for the same reasons. 

  •  CaptTee's picture
    Posted: Thu, 07/25/2019 11:31 pm

    Would you say the same obout Lt John Kerry?

  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 07/26/2019 02:11 pm

    Ah, you found the weak point in my argument!  

    Actually, although I dislike John Kerry and strenuously object to things he has done and said since VietNam, I think his service while in VietNam was honorable. And where he has said, we were making huge mistakes in our policies and conduct of the VietNam war, I have to totally agree.

    But Kerry was in the Navy, so there’s my out.  I’m rather partisan in my support of those who served in the Marine Corps.