Six key takeaways from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's highly-anticipated testimony. Washington, DC - In more than five hours of testimony before two congressional panels, former Special Counsel Robert Mueller said his investigation of Russia's interference in US presidential election did not exonerate Donald Trump of obstruction of justice, as the president has claimed. At the same time, Mueller's highly anticipated appearance did not appear to offer any game-changing moments for Democrats - or for Republicans. Instead, Mueller stuck to confirming facts already stated in his page report and declined to endorse competing interpretations of his investigation's conclusion by either Democrats or Republicans. Appearing at times shaky, Mueller often offered only one-word responses or declined to answer altogether. Democrats used their question time to attempt to draw out the facts and analysis from Mueller of specific instances outlined in his report. Republicans took a more combative tone, seeking to raise doubts about Mueller's conduct as special counsel and the credibility of his investigation. In remarks at the White House after Mueller's testimony, Trump claimed victory. But some analysts believe the few questions in which Mueller gave more than a one-word response were good for the Democrats. But "in terms of flamboyance, and theatre and drama, the Republicans scored more points," Rossi told Al Jazeera.
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The full transcript of former special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee, delivered July 24, Use the buttons below to highlight particular sections of Mueller's testimony. The Judiciary Committee will come to order. Without objection, the chair is authorized to declare recesses of the committee at any time. We welcome everyone to today's hearing on oversight of the report on the investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election. I will now recognize myself for a brief opening statement. Director Mueller, thank you for being here.
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Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. More Videos Nadler: Trump lied to Mueller, committed a crime Graham reiterated his intention to seek Mueller's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee as part of his investigation into the origins of the FBI's Russia investigation and the special counsel probe. He said Mueller's op-ed this past weekend -- which defended the special counsel investigation after Trump commuted his friend Roger Stone's sentence -- convinced Graham that Mueller should testify, too. Trey Gowdy's Fox News podcast. Graham had discussed calling Mueller and members of the special counsel's team to testify even before Mueller finally broke his silence in the face of attacks on the special counsel investigation following Stone's commutation. But Mueller's public comments have accelerated Graham's desire to hear directly from the former special counsel and FBI director. Mueller's potential testimony, if he agrees to appear, creates the potential for a high-stakes congressional hearing in the heat of the presidential election, where Senate Republicans would have their first chance to try to directly undercut to leader of the nearly two-year investigation into Trump and his campaign -- while Mueller and Senate Democrats would look to rebut attacks from Trump and his allies that have amplified in recent months.
In an exchange with Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley, Mueller agreed that WikiLeaks is a hostile intelligence service. Appearing before the House Judiciary Committee and House Intelligence Committee, Mueller publicly faced questions for the first time about the investigation. He kept his answers brief, but reiterated that his investigation did not exonerate Trump. Two distinct lines of questioning emerged along party lines. Meanwhile, Republicans tried to discredit or minimize the investigation with questions about Peter Strzok, the former FBI employee who texted anti-Trump text messages; Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence officer; and Joseph Mifsud, a mysterious Maltese professor. Citing DOJ guidance, Mueller said he would not reveal any new information other than what was publicly available in the redacted report. The Mueller report validated some claims from the Steele dossier, debunked one about Michael Cohen, and did not prove others. Mueller declined to respond to a question about whether he thought the president was credible, but his subsequent answer to a similar question offered other clues. Val Demings.