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."
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.
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:
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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