House Judiciary: Special Counsel Robert Mueller Public Hearing - July 24 2019; Mueller Report

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Politico
‘We’re getting back on track’: Dems ready Mueller strategy shift

Democrats are aiming to highlight the substance of Mueller's 448-page report.


Democrats admit it: They need to shift their post-Mueller strategy.

They’ve been so busy fighting technical battles over access to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report that they’ve barely had time to speak directly to Americans about its damning public findings of President Donald Trump’s conduct.

Trump and Attorney General William Barr, they say, drew them into process-focused skirmishes — battles over redactions, access to evidence and even a multi-day fight over the format of a hearing with Barr which the attorney general later refused to attend.

Lost in it all was the vivid evidence Mueller uncovered about Trump’s efforts to thwart the investigation of his campaign’s links to Russia. Now, Democrats say, it’s time to start telling that story, too.

“Attorney General Barr did a very effective number on the country,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee. “He did everything in his power to create a thick fog of propaganda around the country and then to force us into these fights over process. But we’re getting back on track.”


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Robert Mueller wants to testify in private before Congress, House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler says

Special counsel Robert Mueller wants to talk to Congress about his investigation, but behind closed doors, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said.

Mueller told the committee he would make his opening statement in public, the New York Democratic congressman said Thursday night on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.” A transcript of Mueller’s private testimony would be made public, Nadler added.

The Judiciary Committee and Mueller have been negotiating over terms of his potential testimony about the 400-plus-page report on his probe into the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election. ,,,

Trump tweeted Friday morning that “Dems are just looking for trouble and a Do-Over” in attempting to get Mueller to testify.

Nadler said Thursday he did not know why Mueller has been pushing for private testimony but speculated that the Republican former FBI director “doesn’t want to participate in anything that he might regard as a political spectacle.”

“We’re saying we think it’s important for the American people to hear from him and to hear his answers to questions about the report,” the lawmaker told Maddow.

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While I hate to miss the live drama, won't this shut down some of the political grandstanding from Gym Jordan and Meadows?

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Special counsel Robert Mueller to make ‘substantial’ statement on Russia investigation

The Department of Justice announced Wednesday that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III will make a public statement at 11 a.m. on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

There will be no question-and-answer session following Mueller’s statement, the Department of Justice said. The statement is expected to last about eight minutes, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

Wednesday’s appearance will mark the first time Mueller has spoken publicly following the release last month of his 448-page report.

The White House was notified Tuesday night that Mueller planned to make a statement on Wednesday, according to a senior White House official.

Mueller’s only public statement to date is the one he put out when he was appointed special counsel two years ago.

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The Hill: Mueller says he will not testify before Congress
The Hill: Amash: 'The ball is in our court, Congress'
Associated Press: The Latest: Mueller says Russia report ‘speaks for itself’
Rolling Stone: Mueller: ‘If We Had Confidence That the President Did Not Commit a Crime, We Would Have Said So’

During a statement on Wednesday, the special counsel clarified that he did not exonerate the president
The Atlantic: Read Mueller’s First Public Comments on the Russia Investigation

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Phuck phuck phuck! Yahoo's headline "Mueller Resigns, says Trump charges would be 'Unfair'"

Who the phuck wrote that. Sean Hannity?
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JUST IN: House Judiciary Cmte. Chairman Nadler on Mueller statement: "Given that Special Counsel Mueller was unable to pursue criminal charges against the President, it falls to Congress to respond to the crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump – and we will do so."

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Ninja'd by Deja.

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After Mueller Comments, Nadler Declares It’s Time For Congress To Take Over

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) latched onto special counsel Robert Mueller’s comments Wednesday on his inability to charge President Donald Trump with obstruction due to standing Justice Department policy, declaring that it is Congress’ job to take over.

“Given that Special Counsel Mueller was unable to pursue criminal charges against the President, it falls to Congress to respond to the crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump – and we will do so,” Nadler said in a statement. “No one, not even the President of the United States, is above the law.” ...

Read Nadler’s full statement here:
“We would like to thank Special Counsel Robert Mueller for his service to our nation over the past two years. In his statement this morning, Special Counsel Mueller reaffirmed his report, which found substantial evidence that Russia attacked our political system and that the President sought to obstruct Mueller’s investigation over and over again. He also confirmed three central points: he did not exonerate the President of the United States of obstruction of justice, obstruction of justice is a serious crime that strikes at the core of our justice system, and the Constitution points to Congress to take action to hold the President accountable.

“Although Department of Justice policy prevented the Special Counsel from bringing criminal charges against the President, the Special Counsel has clearly demonstrated that President Trump is lying about the Special Counsel’s findings, lying about the testimony of key witnesses in the Special Counsel’s report, and is lying in saying that the Special Counsel found no obstruction and no collusion. Given that Special Counsel Mueller was unable to pursue criminal charges against the President, it falls to Congress to respond to the crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump – and we will do so. No one, not even the President of the United States, is above the law.”
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TPM: Mueller: ‘If We Had Confidence’ That Trump ‘Did Not Commit A Crime, We Would Have Said So’
TPM: Giuliani Calls Mueller Remarks On Obstruction A ‘Perversion!’

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Twitter is calling in emergency employees about now.
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WaPo - Philip Bump
Mueller was pointed: His report doesn’t say what Trump and Barr have claimed ...

On the surface, this seems almost deflating: Mueller, after staying silent for so many months, is now simply going to point to the report that anyone can read? But as the immediate reaction to his comments made clear, there was enormous utility in his approaching the statement in this way.

Most people haven’t read the report and have relied on summaries in the news media or from Attorney General William P. Barr to guide their understanding of it. Barr’s position was clear from the first four-page letter he offered publicly. Mueller didn’t find a chargeable conspiracy by members of the Trump campaign to work with the Russian government to influence the 2016 presidential campaign and, by his own assessment, the potentially obstructive acts that Donald Trump undertook weren’t criminal. In his news conference before the report was released, Barr stated flatly that “no collusion” had taken place.

Each of those assertions was celebrated by Barr’s boss, President Trump. Trump summarized Mueller’s findings in an inaccurate four-word statement: No collusion, no obstruction. But each of Barr’s assertions also diverged from what the report said.

What Mueller did Wednesday was essentially hold up the report and point at it, telling America what it contained. By doing so, we have for the first time heard a member of the executive branch convey the report’s findings accurately — in a way that Americans and the media would be hard-pressed to misinterpret.

Mueller noted that his team indicted more than two dozen Russians in connection with their alleged roles in hacking Democratic networks and accounts and with trying to interfere in the campaign via social media. But instead of saying that there was “no collusion” by the Trump team with that effort — a term that the report itself explicitly rejected in its consideration of what happened — Mueller explained what his investigators found in more nuanced terms.
Adding:
Esquire: Robert Mueller's Speech Was a Repeat of His Appeal to Congress: Initiate Impeachment Proceedings

The special counsel could not charge Donald Trump with obstruction of justice. The legislature must wield its power to hold him accountable for what he's done.
Mother Jones: Mueller: We Could Not Clear Trump of a Crime

The special counsel says it’s now up to Congress to decide.
Mediaite: Chris Christie: Mueller’s Statement ‘Definitely Contradicts’ What AG Barr Said in His Summary
Roll Call: ‘Case closed!’ Trump declares, even as Mueller fires warning shot on obstruction

Special counsel says if he had found no evidence of presidential crimes, he would have said that ‘clearly’

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The Hill
Buttigieg on Mueller: This is as close to an impeachment referral as it gets

Democratic president candidate Pete Buttigieg joined other 2020 candidates in calling for impeachment proceedings after special counsel Robert Mueller's Wednesday statements on his report.

"This is as close to an impeachment referral as it gets," Buttigieg tweeted. "Robert Mueller could not clear the president, nor could he charge him — so he has handed the matter to Congress, which alone can act to deliver due process and accountability." ...

Several other candidates also called for impeachment after the speech in which Mueller said that his team was not confident that the president did not commit a crime.

“After that investigation, if we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said that,” the special counsel said.

He added that the Constitution requires a "process other than the criminal justice system" to act against a sitting president.
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Boston Globe: New England lawmakers call for impeachment inquiry after Mueller’s remarks

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Mueller’s statement highlights key differences with Barr on investigation of President Trump ...

Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, called Mueller’s comments Wednesday “a direct rebuke” of the attorney general’s statements. He accused Barr of “deliberately and repeatedly” misleading the American people on the issue of the OLC opinion.

Spokesmen for Mueller and Barr said Wednesday evening that the two men’s statements about the OLC memo are not in conflict.

Since filing their 448-page report, Mueller and his team have been frustrated by what they perceive as a lack of public understanding about this point — that Justice Department policy and fairness prohibit the special counsel from reaching a decision, even secretly, on whether the president committed a crime.

“That was the Justice Department policy, and those were the principles under which we operated,” Mueller said. “From there we concluded that we would not reach a determination — one way or the other — about whether the president committed a crime. That is the office’s final position, and we will not comment on any other conclusions or hypotheticals about the president.”

Having adopted that stance, Mueller and his team also believe it would be improper for him to say that the president would be charged with obstruction if it were not for the Justice Department policy, because saying that would also amount to a criminal accusation against Trump, according to people involved in the discussion.

Mueller’s team came to believe that making any sort of impeachment referral to Congress also would fall under the category of accusing the president of a crime, according to people familiar with their discussions who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

For those reasons, Mueller was guarded in his comments about the findings and wants to avoid being drawn into a back-and-forth in congressional testimony that could be construed as accusing the president of a crime, these people said.
Adding:
Mother Jones - David Corn: Mueller Reminds the Nation That Trump Betrayed the USA

Treachery is not always a crime.
Just Security: Mueller’s Message: The Obstruction That Nearly Halted Criminal Case Against Russians
New York Daily News - Nick Akerman: Mueller destroys Trump’s lies
The Atlantic: How to Silence a White House

The seat of American executive power went quiet for the duration of Robert Mueller’s statement—with officials trying to assess what his remarks would mean for the president.

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Speaker.gov - press release
Pelosi Statement on Special Counsel Mueller’s Press Statement Reiterating the President’s Obstruction

May 29, 2019

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after Special Counsel Mueller made a press statement reiterating the extent of Russian efforts to disrupt our elections and that President Trump was not exonerated of obstructing the Trump-Russia investigation:

“It is with the greatest respect for Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the deepest disappointment in the Department of Justice holding the President above the law, that I thank Special Counsel Mueller for the work he and his team did to provide a record for future action both in the Congress and in the courts regarding the Trump Administration involvement in Russian interference and obstruction of the investigation.

“Special Counsel Mueller made clear that he did not exonerate the President when he stated, ‘If we had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.’ He stated that the decision not to indict stemmed directly from the Department of Justice’s policy that a sitting President cannot be indicted. Despite Department of Justice policy to the contrary, no one is above the law – not even the President.

“The Special Counsel’s report revealed that the President’s campaign welcomed Russian interference in the election, and laid out eleven instances of the President’s obstruction of the investigation. The Congress holds sacred its constitutional responsibility to investigate and hold the President accountable for his abuse of power.

“The Congress will continue to investigate and legislate to protect our elections and secure our democracy. The American people must have the truth. We call upon the Senate to pass H.R. 1, the For The People Act, to protect our election systems.

“We salute Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team for his patriotic duty to seek the truth.”

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New York Times
Mueller Played by the Rules. Trump Made New Ones.

The special counsel led an investigation that was disciplined, quiet, and by the book — and the president seized the opportunity.


WASHINGTON — The president of the United States appears to believe that you don’t matter unless you are on television. By that measure, Robert S. Mueller III’s 10-minute soliloquy seemed to have seized his attention.

But even though Mr. Mueller, the special counsel, cut through the legalese of his 448-page report on Wednesday to make clear that his investigation in no way exonerated President Trump, he stopped short of delivering a punchy sound bite to summarize his inquiry. Mr. Trump has had one for two years — “No collusion! No obstruction!” — and recently had White House aides print the slogan and hang it on his lectern.

Mr. Mueller’s refusal to pass judgment on whether the president broke the law is one example of how the special counsel operated by rules ill fitted for the Trump era. He said nothing and the president said everything. He worked in secret, allowing the president to fill the void with reckless accusations of a witch hunt. His damning conclusions were encased in dense legal jargon that the president distorted into a vindication.

Mr. Mueller seemed to expect that the system would work as it had in the past, with Congress or perhaps voters making the decision about whether Mr. Trump had committed a crime, only to see the president’s handpicked attorney general — and Mr. Mueller’s longtime friend — make his own determination that there was not enough evidence to support such a charge.

Congress might still pursue impeachment, but many Democrats who oppose Mr. Trump for now seem unwilling to act on findings they have described as outrageous without what they see as explicit instruction from Mr. Mueller to do so.

“Now you have institutions talking past one another,” said Matt Jacobs, a lawyer at Vinson & Elkins who worked for Mr. Mueller as a prosecutor and a spokesman. “You have Mueller thinking he was very clear in providing evidence that others can pursue. And you have a Congress that hasn’t shown itself to be capable of untangling the evidence.”

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WaPo - Fact Checker
Trump, Mueller and obstruction of justice

Now that Mueller is riding off into the sunset, he has some advice for anyone with lingering questions about President Trump’s campaign and Russian election interference, obstruction of justice or the prosecutorial rules the special counsel had to follow.

Read the report.

At 448 pages, the Mueller report requires commitment. It’s a legal document studded with redactions, acronyms and footnotes, with a cast of characters in the hundreds. The report offers complex answers to thorny questions and leaves some blanks.

That said, a gripping narrative unfolds in plain English. And for those who want to get down to brass tacks, Mueller says the report is summarized accurately in the introductions and executive summaries. (They span a comparatively breezy 18 pages.) Drilling down even more, Mueller’s reasons for not making a decision on bringing obstruction charges against Trump are summarized over two pages.

As a reader service, we will map out those reasons and some of the other issues stirring public debate, including the Justice Department policy Mueller followed, which bars the indictment of a sitting president.

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Salon - Kenneth F. McCallion
Former federal prosecutor: Robert Mueller left many questions unanswered

Where is the counterintelligence investigation — and the information on Trump's finances? Mueller must testify ...


The Mueller report is completely silent on the results of the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation that was opened up shortly after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on May 9, 2017. The next day, Trump then confided to Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador to the U.S. the following day in the Oval Office that — referring to the FBI’s Russia investigation — the firing of “nut job” Comey had relieved “great pressure” on him. Trump then followed this confirmation by admitting to NBC’s Lester Holt in a televised interview at the White House that he had decided to fire Comey because of the “Russia thing.”

Alarmed FBI and Justice Department officials promptly opened up a counterintelligence investigation into whether the current occupant of the White House was so compromised by Russia that, for all intents and purposes, he was an active agent of a hostile foreign power. After all, Trump had sounded like a Russia apologist for many months. There was no reasonable basis for his apparent love of all things Russian and his inability to criticize the country or President Vladimir Putin, its autocratic leader, in any way. Firing the FBI director, in an evident attempt to derail the bureau’s investigation into the massive and coordinated attack by Russia on the U.S. electoral system, left no question that there was something seriously wrong in the White House and that there was an urgent need to mount an investigation as quickly as possible. For the first time in American history, there was a rational and actionable basis for believing that a sitting president of the United States was betraying his own country.

So, Mr. Mueller, what happened to this counterintelligence investigation? Attorney General William Barr and his deputy Trump sycophants now occupying key positions in the once-independent Justice Department won’t tell us what happened. Now that you are a private citizen, as a career public servant of the highest integrity, don’t you think you at least have an obligation to tell the House and Senate Intelligence committees whether there is a basis for believing that treason is afoot in the White House? And if so, what is being done about it? ...

And that is not the worst of it. The obstruction of justice aspect of the investigation gathered virtually conclusive proof that Trump committed at least 10 major obstructions of justice. It only stopped short of stating the inescapable conclusion that Trump violated the federal criminal code because Mueller felt constrained by Department of Justice policy, which reached the dubious conclusion that the vice president and every other member of the executive branch could be indicted while in office, but that a sitting President was somehow above the law and could not be indicted. Mueller mistakenly stated that the indictment of a sitting president was unconstitutional, even though the Constitution is silent on that issue. The Founding Fathers have a well-deserved reputation for explicitly stating in the Constitution what they thought should be included in it, and omitting any language that they thought should not be included.

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Talking Points Memo
Schiff To Push For Subpoenaing Mueller To Testify If He Won’t Do So Voluntarily

House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) said on Sunday that he would recommend subpoenaing special counsel Robert Mueller to testify in front of Congress if Mueller refuses to do so voluntarily.

During an appearance on “This Week,” Schiff asserted that he would still push Mueller to testify on his Russia probe despite the special counsel stating during a rare press conference last week that his testimony wouldn’t provide more information than what was given in his report.

“It’s not enough merely to speak for ten minutes and say ‘I’m not going to answer questions for Congress and the American people,'” Schiff said.

“I hope Bob Mueller will understand, as painful as it may be and as much as it may subject him to further abuse by the White House, he has a final duty here to perform, like any other witness,” he continued. “And it’s my hope that he’ll do so and it’s my hope that he’ll do so voluntary.”

“And if he doesn’t, subpoena?”ABC News reporter George Stephanopoulos asked.

“Well, it will be my recommendation, yes,” the House Intel chair responded. “But I hope that’s not the case.”

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https://www.rawstory.com/2019/06/jim-jo ... onspiracy/

Also up on This Week is Gym Jordan. Video at the link to his interview and what questions he'd like to ask Mueller.

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Cross-posting

Salon
Yale psychiatrist Bandy Lee: Trump's mental health is now a "national and global emergency"

Dr. Bandy Lee convened experts to study the Mueller report. They conclude that Trump "can no longer see reality"


Dr. Bandy Lee, who is a professor of psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine and editor of the bestselling book "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump" convened a panel comprised of leading mental health experts to evaluate Donald Trump based upon his behavior as detailed in the Mueller report.

Their definitive conclusion: Trump is mentally unfit, a threat to the United States and the world, and as such should have his powers severely restricted while he is put under a doctor's care. At the invitation of several Democratic members of Congress, Lee and other mental health professionals will present their findings about Donald Trump's mental health in a public meeting in Washington next month.

Does Donald Trump pose a significant threat to both American society and the world? By what standards is he mentally unfit to serve as president? Should a person with Trump's apparent mental health issues and other behavioral problems be allowed to command the United States military and order the use of force — up to and including nuclear weapons? Why are more Americans not actively resisting Donald Trump's regime and movement? Have Trump and his movement broken the will of the American people by creating a state of malignant normality?

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PBS: All of the Mueller report’s major findings in less than 30 minutes

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CNN
Democrats amplify calls to subpoena Mueller

(CNN) Patience is wearing thin over Robert Mueller's testimony as Democratic members are ratcheting up their calls to subpoena the special counsel.

Rank-and-file members on the House Judiciary Committee are increasingly saying that it's time to compel Mueller to testify publicly before their committee, even if he prefers not to appear in such a setting.

"It is my hope that that's going to happen in very short order," said Rep. David Cicilline, a Rhode Island Democrat, when asked if the committee should subpoena Mueller. "I think there is still some hope that there will be an agreement reached that the special counsel will come voluntarily, but I think the chairman has made it very clear that he intends to be certain that the American people hear from Mr. Mueller, and if that requires a subpoena, I have every confidence the chairman will issue one."

Mueller's possible testimony has loomed over the committee for weeks following his public statement last month, which emphasized both that the special counsel investigation did not exonerate President Donald Trump — and that Mueller did not wish to testify publicly before Congress.

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CNN
Mueller to testify publicly on July 17 following a subpoena

(CNN) Special counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify publicly following a subpoena from the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, the panels announced Tuesday.

Mueller will testify publicly before both committees on Wednesday, July 17, according to a joint statement announcing the hearing.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

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Mueller to testify to Congress in open session about his investigation

Former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III will testify to Congress in open session next month about his investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice by President Trump. The House Judiciary and Intelligence committees, in a late-night announcement Tuesday, said that “pursuant to a subpoena” Mueller has agreed to appear before both panels on July 17.

“Americans have demanded to hear directly from the special counsel so they can understand what he and his team examined, uncovered, and determined about Russia’s attack on our democracy, the Trump campaign’s acceptance and use of that help, and President Trump and his associates' obstruction of the investigation into that attack,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) in a statement. “We look forward to hearing his testimony, as do all Americans.”

The session comes as nearly 80 House Democrats have called for launching impeachment proceedings against Trump, arguing that he has ignored the Constitution that he took an oath to defend while repeatedly refusing to cooperate with congressional investigations. Mueller’s testimony is certain to provide the headline-grabbing, made-for-cable television testimony that Democrats have been craving since the release of the 448-page, redacted report on April 18.

The rarely seen Mueller spoke briefly in May when he said that his office could neither clear nor accuse Trump of obstructing justice, leaving room for Congress to make a call where he would not and fueling impeachment demands among some Democrats. It was his first public remarks on the case since he concluded his investigation. Mueller said that if his office “had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” and noted that the Constitution “requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing.”

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New York Times
Mueller to Testify to Congress, Setting Up a Political Spectacle

WASHINGTON — Robert S. Mueller III, the former special counsel, has agreed to testify in public before Congress next month about his investigation into Russia’s election interference and possible obstruction of justice by President Trump, House Democrats announced on Tuesday night.

Coming nearly three months after the release of Mr. Mueller’s report, two back-to-back hearings on July 17 before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees promise to be among the most closely watched spectacles of Mr. Trump’s presidency. They have the power to potentially reshape the political landscape around his re-election campaign and a possible impeachment inquiry by the Democrat-controlled House.

Mr. Mueller, a strait-laced former F.B.I. director who has spoken publicly only once about his work as special counsel, had resisted taking the witness stand. He knows he is certain to face questions from both sides of a pitched political fight. Many Democrats are eager to employ him to build a case against Mr. Trump, and Republicans are just as eager to vindicate the president. His 448-page written report, Mr. Mueller asserted, should speak for itself. ...

From the time he took over the F.B.I.’s investigation of Russia’s election meddling and possible ties to the Trump campaign in May 2017, Mr. Mueller, 74, has been one of the most vexing figures in American public life. He conducted his work in absolute private, despite incessant attacks by Mr. Trump in public and from within the White House, and ultimately issued a lengthy report that raised as many questions as it answered. ...

Mr. Schiff told reporters shortly after the announcement that he expected his committee to meet privately with members of Mr. Mueller’s staff after his testimony to answer additional questions about classified portions of his report or details that implicate current Justice Department cases. As special counsel, Mr. Mueller employed a large team of prosecutors and F.B.I. agents whose detailed knowledge of the case could be as valuable to House investigators as Mr. Mueller’s public statements.

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