WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a much anticipated appearance, former Special Counsel Robert Mueller took questions from Congress Wednesday on the Russian probe.
Did you exonerate the president in your report? “No,” Mueller said, following a question from House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler.
Mueller’s nearly two-year investigation focused on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether President Donald Trump’s campaign played a role.
Considering impeachment proceedings, Democrats focused on whether the President obstructed justice.
“The report did not conclude that he did not commit obstruction of justice. Is that correct,” asked Rep. Nadler, D- New York. Mueller agreed.
Republicans spent their time accusing Mueller of surrounding himself with supporters of Hillary Clinton.
“You hired a bunch of people that did not like the president. Peter Strzok hated Trump,” said Rep. Louie Gohmert, R- Texas. “I did not know that,” said Mueller.
By the afternoon, the House Intelligence Committee took their seats.
Vermont’s sole congressman Peter Welch says he’s concerned a precedent was set in 2016.
“There would be no repercussions whatsoever to Russia if they did this again and as you stated earlier, as we sit here, they’re doing it now. Is that correct,” asked Welch. “You’re absolutely right,” said Mueller.
Also on the panel was New York Rep. Elise Stefanik. The Republican asked a number of questions regarding whether the investigation was taken overseas. Mueller said yes but would not elaborate.
“These are important questions for the American public and we’re hopeful the Inspector General is able to answer these questions,” said Stefanik.
President Trump spoke with reporters after Wednesday hearing. He said Mueller did a “horrible” job and continued to call the entire investigation a hoax.