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LIVE: @NBCNews Special Report: House Judiciary Cmte. Chairman Nadler delivers opening statement ahead of Mueller's testimony. #MuellerHearings

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Protester interrupts start of first Mueller hearing.  https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/live-blog/mueller-testimony-live-updates-today-s-congressional-hearing-n1033321/ncrd1033381 

Aaron Zebley, a longtime Mueller aide, is accompanying Mueller during the hearings today. More about Zebley.  https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/live-blog/mueller-testimony-live-updates-today-s-congressional-hearing-n1033321/ncrd1033376 

The definition of "exculpated," used by Mueller in his testimony, per Merriam-Webster dictionary:

to clear from alleged fault or guilt.

Mueller answers “no” when asked by Ranking Member Collins if his investigation was ever curtailed or hindered at any point.

As Mueller testifies, you can read and search his full report here.  http://nbcnews.to/2YbqlNO 

Chairman Nadler asked Mueller early in the hearing whether the former special counsel’s report exonerated the president.

“No,” Mueller said. "It is not what the report said."  https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/live-blog/mueller-testimony-live-updates-today-s-congressional-hearing-n1033321/ncrd1033406  via @NBCNews

Rep. Cohen gets Mueller to highlight a potential Trump obstruction episode from the report involving the president's ire at former AG Sessions.  https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/live-blog/mueller-testimony-live-updates-today-s-congressional-hearing-n1033321 

Rep. Ratcliffe questions whether Mueller followed the directives of his appointment in regard to the president.

The original document set out instructions that included directing Mueller with “explaining the prosecution or declination decisions.”  https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/live-blog/mueller-testimony-live-updates-today-s-congressional-hearing-n1033321/ncrd1033521 

Mueller says he discussed the FBI director job with President Trump before being appointed special counsel in 2017 — but “not as a candidate.”  https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/live-blog/mueller-testimony-live-updates-today-s-congressional-hearing-n1033321/ncrd1033541 

In testimony, Mueller confirms the circumstances, described in the report, of President Trump trying to pressure former White House counsel Don McGahn to fire the special counsel.  https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/live-blog/mueller-testimony-live-updates-today-s-congressional-hearing-n1033321?cid=db_npd_nn_fb_fbbot/ncrd1033546 

Fact check: The FBI used the Steele dossier to spy on Carter Page.  https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/live-blog/mueller-testimony-live-updates-today-s-congressional-hearing-n1033321/ncrd1033626 

Is President Trump watching the Mueller hearing?

He is tweeting quotes from Fox News coverage during the hearing.  https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/live-blog/mueller-testimony-live-updates-today-s-congressional-hearing-n1033321/ncrd1033726 

In rare retort during his testimony, Mueller defends his report: "I don't think you reviewed a report that is as thorough, as fair, as consistent as the report that we have in front of us."  https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/live-blog/mueller-testimony-live-updates-today-s-congressional-hearing-n1033321 

The president has repeatedly said that Mueller "interviewed" for the FBI director job before being named special counsel. Mueller said today that he wasn't interviewing for the role: "It was not about me applying for the job.”  https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/live-blog/mueller-testimony-live-updates-today-s-congressional-hearing-n1033321/ncrd1033806 


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