What Republicans achieved from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony on Capitol Hill
Robert Mueller, the former special counsel, testified before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees for a total of nearly seven hours of air time Wednesday in an anti-climactic conclusion to his team’s findings in the Mueller report. The Mueller Report, which was based on an investigation carried out by Robert Mueller and his team from May 2017 to March 2019 and officially titled “Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election,” was an investigation inquiring about Russian interference with the 2016 Presidential election, President Trump’s ties to Russian conspiracy, and allegations of obstruction of justice against Mr. Trump. ~
According to the Wall Street Journal, a lawyer for President Trump by the name of Jay Sekulow, said in a statement weeks before the testimony that “Bob Mueller has already stated that his report is his testimony. We now expect that his testimony on July 17 will be his report. In that report, he concluded that there was no collusion or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia. We also expect that he will have to answer questions regarding some of the irregularities that took place during his investigation, not the least of which involve Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.” But according to The New York Times, Republicans were just as frustrated as Democrats when it came to the amount of helpful answers Mueller gave to the committees. Mr. Mueller was reluctant to go beyond the four-corners of his report – not contradictory to what he said he would do – and rarely gave more than a series of one word answers. He denied to answer almost 200 questions and often responded to the congressmen by referring them to the report itself or stating that he can not comment on their question. Many also criticized Mr. Mueller’s performance, citing his repeated request for representatives to repeat their questions and often stumbling over his words. ~
Republicans mostly questioned the integrity of the report itself, asking the former special counsel questions about the origin of the report, “shadowy figures in the investigation,” supposed bias of Mr. Mueller’s team, and controversial decisions made during the investigation. Mostly all questions of such topics were met with answers from Mueller stating that he could not comment on the matter or that they should refer to the report itself, and at one point the former special counsel responded by saying “We spent substantial time ensuring the integrity of the report.” ~
According to Fox News, however, it was Mr. Mueller’s performance that may have been the Republicans’ biggest win. Expert analysts say his lack of responses to Democrats pertaining to russian interference and allegations of obstruction of justice committed by President Trump stripped Democrats of the opportunity they desired to get Mueller to publicly build substantial support for the President’s impeachment. On top of that, Mr. Mueller’s shaky performance testifying in which he would sometimes contradict his report or act uncertain where certain topics were discussed in his report led many Republicans to believe that Mueller himself was not too familiar with his own report. This raises big questions for Republicans who already questioned the political bias of Mueller’s team – made up of 13 democrats – that they believe may have had a political motive for the investigation against President Trump. ~
According to CNN, after the testimony concluded Wednesday, President Trump told press outside the White House that the Mueller testimony was a “very good day” for him and Republicans. ~
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