Mueller Testified to Congress 🧐

Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call

Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call

Who’s asking the questions around here?

On Wednesday, former special counsel Robert Mueller testified in front of Congress. He answered questions on the two-year investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Prior to the questioning, Mueller had only given brief public remarks on the report's findings at a news conference in May

Was a crime committed?

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) asked Mueller whether he decided not to indict President Trump due to the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), which holds a long-standing opinion that a sitting president could not be indicted. Mueller initially affirmed Lieu’s question; however, he later amended his answer and asserted that he did not reach a conclusion on whether Pres. Trump committed a crime.


TRUMP IS NOT GUILTY:

New York Post: Robert Mueller breaks his silence — and still has nothing

Fox News: Mueller issues clarification, takes back bombshell statement about indicting Trump

Articles that believe Trump did not obstruct justice claim that Mueller did not give answers beyond the contents of the report, and they go as far as saying that the entire ordeal was “a waste of time”. These sources argue that Mueller gave no accusatory statements and reiterate that his probe found no incriminating evidence. 

TRUMP IS GUILTY:

CNBC: Mueller: President Trump was not 'totally exonerated' in Russia probe and can be indicted after he leaves office

The New York Times: Robert Mueller Said All He Needed to Say

Articles that claim Trump obstructed justice focus on Mueller’s initial response to Lieu’s question and his statement that the president has not been fully exonerated. These publications emphasize that it is still possible for Pres. Trump to be indicted following his presidency. 


Where's the common ground?

Both sides continue to press politicians to ensure that democracy in the US is preserved. Despite differences in reactions to the testimony, the left and the right recognize and call for an end to Russian meddling in American elections.

We've all been there

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