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Mueller in the House: “Over the course of my career, I’ve seen a number of challenges to our democracy. The Russian government’s effort to interfere in our election is among the most serious.”
That’s what former Special Counsel Robert Mueller told the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees in his opening statement today. You can read his full statement here.
(Andrew Harnik / AP / Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg via Getty / The Atlantic)
The White House had been prepared for the hearing to be either a “dud” or a “dumpster fire,” Peter Nicholas reported yesterday. Ultimately, the six hours of hearings ended up somewhere in between.
Some Democrats had hoped for a dramatic testimony that would help them sell the idea of impeachment to the American public. Instead, lawmakers of both parties faced a reluctant Mueller who “sidestepped, ducked, deflected, and generally frustrated” their lines of questioning.
Though Mueller didn’t offer much in the way of new information, some of today’s exchanges were revealing:
People in New York walk past a screen that displays a broadcast of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s hearing.
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