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LIVE: @NBCNews Special Report: Mueller testimony resumes.

Live blog:  http://nbcnews.to/2LDNtm1  #MuellerHearings


Rep. Buck: "Could you charge the president with a crime after he left office?"

Mueller: "Yes."

Buck: "You believe that you could charge the president of the United States with obstruction of justice after he left office?"

Mueller: "Yes."


Rep. Lieu: "The reason, again, that you did not indict Donald Trump is because of OLC opinion stating that you cannot indict a sitting president. Correct?"

Mueller: "That is correct."


Live blog: Latest updates, analysis and fact-checks from the #MuellerHearings.


WATCH: 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."

NEW: A congressional source involved in negotiations surrounding Mueller’s appearance tells @NBCNews that Mueller’s team specifically informed the cmtes. that he would decline to read from his report during the hearing - @AlexNBCNews / @mikememoli

Rep. Demings: "Lies by Trump campaign officials and administration officials impeded your investigation."

Mueller: "I would generally agree with that."


About 3 hours into his testimony, Mueller has deflected or declined to answer a question 100 times.  http://nbcnews.to/2GrNwNI 

(corrects: 3 hours, not 2 hours)

WATCH: Mueller defends his hiring practices for the staff who worked in the special counsel's investigation.

Mueller declines to answer if Donald Trump Jr. invoked 5th Amendment to avoid interviewing with special counsel team.

"I'm not going to talk about recommendations," Mueller says when asked about whether his report recommends impeachment: "I'm not going to talk about that issue."


President Trump's personal attorney on the first Mueller hearing: “This morning’s testimony exposed the troubling deficiencies of the Special Counsel’s investigation ... The American people understand that this issue is over. They also understand that the case is closed.”

White House Press Sec. Grisham on the first Mueller hearing: "The last three hours have been an epic embarrassment for the Democrats. Expect more of the same in the second half."

House Intel Cmte. Chairman Schiff: "Your investigation is not a witch hunt, is it?"

Mueller: "It is not a witch hunt."

Schiff: "When the president said the Russian interference was a hoax, that was false, wasn't it?"

Mueller: "True."


Fact checking Robert Mueller's congressional hearings, including claims and statements made by Mueller, members of Congress and the president. Here's what we found.  https://nbcnews.to/2SAHnU7 

Live blog: Latest updates, analysis and fact-checks from the #MuellerHearings.


"Problematic is an understatement," Mueller says of President Trump's praise of WikiLeaks during 2016 campaign. "Disturbing, and also subject to investigation."


Mueller has deflected or declined to answer a question 180 times today.  http://nbcnews.to/2GrNwNI 

WATCH: Mueller on Russian interference in the 2016 election:

“It wasn’t a single attempt. They’re doing it as we sit here. And they expect to do it during the next campaign.”


JUST IN: Mueller says the decision not to subpoena Pres. Trump was for the necessity of expediting the conclusion of investigation:

"If we did subpoena the president, he would fight the subpoena and we would be in the midst of the investigation for a substantial period of time."

Rep. Welch: Have we established a new normal from this past campaign ... [that any candidate] aware of a hostile foreign power trying to influence an election has no duty to report that to authorities?

Mueller: "I hope this is not the new normal, but I fear it is."

LIVE: @NBCNews Special Report coverage continues following Mueller hearings.

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LIVE on @NBCNewsNow: Analysis of today's #MuellerHearings.  http://NBCNews.com/now 

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