Robert Mueller testifies before House committees

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Robert Mueller testifies before House committees
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Robert Mueller testifies before House committees
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Former special counsel Robert Mueller appeared on Capital Hill today to testify before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee. Lawmakers questioned Mueller about the nearly two-year-long investigation into allegations of collusion between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign. President Trump spoke with reporters after the hearings, attacking Mueller and his Democratic opponents.

During the numerous hours of testimony, Mueller repeatedly insisted that President Trump had not been exonerated by the investigation. Republican members of Congress pounced on the claim, as it would be highly unusual for federal investigators to exonerate anyone. Rather, their conventional role is to simply determine if enough evidence exists to charge an individual with a crime.

“The Democrats lost so big today,” President Trump told reporters after the hearings. “Their party is in shambles right now. They’ve got ‘the Squad’ leading their party. They are a mess… The Democrats had nothing. And now they have less than nothing. I think they’re gonna lose the 2020 elections, including congressional seats because of the path they chose.”

While testifying to the House Judiciary Committee, Mueller indicated that he would have criminally charged President Trump if not for an Office of Legal Counsel rule prohibiting a sitting president from being indicted while in office. However, during his testimony to the House Intelligence Committee, Mueller corrected his earlier statements.

“I want to add one correction to my testimony this morning,” Robert Mueller told the House Intelligence Committee. “I want to go back to one thing that was said this morning by Mr. Lieu, who said and I quote, ‘You didn’t charge the President because of the OLC opinion. That is not the correct way to say it. As we say in the report and as I said at the opening, we did not reach a determination as to whether the President committed a crime.”

President Trump also reacted to the testimony on Twitter, saying:

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