Mueller’s Shaky Testimony Broken Down

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees in back-to-back congressional hearings on Wednesday and according to many…it was a disaster…including the President.

President Trump is watching and Tweeting…

To open the hearing, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler quoted from the Mueller report in introducing possible instances of obstruction of justice by President Trump. The New York Democrat notes that Trump was not exonerated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. He claims that anyone else besides the President would’ve been charged with crimes.

Unfortunately it was pointed out that prosecutors and the attorney general do not “exonerate.” And also an argument was made that unlike independent counsel Ken Starr who recommended that there were impeachable offenses committed by Bill Clinton, Mueller failed to declare that in his report about Trump.

Mueller, in his opening statement, made it clear that the Justice Department decided not to charge the president with a crime as it pertained to obstruction of justice and found that the Trump campaign did not conspire with Russia to interfere with the 2016 election. He added that his testimony will be limited.

Mueller said the Russian government interfered in the U.S. election in a “sweeping and systematic fashion.” He stressed that the effort was aimed at helping Donald Trump. Pressed by Democrats, Mueller noted that his final report does not exonerate Trump on obstruction of justice. Mueller cited a longstanding Justice Department policy that a sitting president cannot be indicted and said his team did not make a determination about obstruction.

Georgia Republican Doug Collins said Trump did not shut down the investigation. Mueller also said his investigation found “insufficient evidence of the President’s culpability” and stressed that the probe didn’t establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired with the Russians. Meantime, Mueller said that his team didn’t address “collusion” since it’s not a legal term.

President Trump often says Mueller’s report found “no collusion.” Mueller claimed Trump refused to be questioned by prosecutors during the nearly two-year investigation. Trump and his attorneys did fill out a lengthy questionnaire that was prepared by Mueller’s team.

The Intelligence committee asked Mueller about the report’s findings on contacts with Russia and about WikiLeaks.

Mueller’s report did not find enough evidence to charge anyone in President Trump’s campaign with conspiring with Russian officials in the election.

Today Mueller denied that his investigation was a “witch-hunt.” He however did have to make a correction of his morning testimony. He had testified that he did not indict President Trump because policy does not allow the indictment of a sitting president. He clarified later in the afternoon that there was no indictment because there was not enough evidence that the President had committed a crime. His report left it up to the attorney general and Congress to decide Trump’s fate.

In the wake of the probe, President Trump has faced calls for impeachment, accusations of collusion, obstruction of justice, and more.

The investigation took place from May 2017-March 2019 resulting in the indictment of 34 individuals, 8 in which have plead guilty to or have been convicted of felonies.

Five of those people were Trump officials and campaign associates.

However, none of the convictions involved a conspiracy between the campaign and Russians as alleged.

According to reports, the investigation cost taxpayers more twenty-five million dollars.

President Trump still affirms that there was “No Collusion” calling Mueller probe a “Witch Hunt.”

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