JM Rieger @RiegerReport Video Editor, The Washington Post • [email protected] Jul. 24, 2019 2 min read

MUELLER: "We did not address collusion, which is not a legal term. Rather, we focused on whether the evidence was sufficient to charge any member of the campaign with taking part in a criminal conspiracy. And it was not."

MUELLER: "I am unable to address questions about the initial opening of the FBI's Russia investigation, which occurred months before my appointment, or matters related to the so-called 'Steele Dossier.’ These matters are subject of ongoing review by the department."

NADLER: Did you actually totally exonerate the president?

MUELLER: No.

NADLER: Under Department of Justice policy, the president could be prosecuted for obstruction of justice crimes after he leaves office. Is this correct?

MUELLER: True.

COLLINS: At any time with the investigation, was your investigation curtailed or stopped or hindered?

MUELLER: No.

COLLINS grills MUELLER on “collusion” vs conspiracy.

From Vol. 1 Page 180 of the Mueller report:

“Even as defined in legal dictionaries, collusion is largely synonymous with conspiracy as that crime is set forth in the general federal conspiracy statute"

SENSENBRENNER: Why did we have all of this investigation of President Trump … when you knew that you weren’t going to prosecute him?

MUELLER: … the OLC opinion itself says that you can continue the investigation even though you are not going to indict the president.

SENSENBRENNER: You never used the term raising to impeachable conduct … is it true that there’s nothing in Vol. 2 of the report that says that the president may have engaged in impeachable conduct?

MUELLER: … Our mandate does not go to other ways of addressing conduct.

Louie Gohmert yells at Robert Mueller.

MUELLER asked about letter to BARR on report’s “context.”

“The letter stands for itself."

MUELLER corrects earlier testimony, says he would not have reached a conclusion on obstruction but for the OLC opinion.

“We did not reach a determination as to whether the president committed a crime."

MUELLER’s earlier exchange with TED LIEU on this:

MUELLER: “It is not a witch hunt."

MUELLER further expands on earlier OLC comment:

“We did not make any determination with regard to culpability in any way, we did not start that process down the road."

Asked by Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) why he wrote that his report did not exonerate Trump, Mueller says it was included so Attorney General Bill Barr knew it:

“We included it in the report for exactly that reason — he may not know it, and he should know it."


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