Top Dems Set Expectation for Mueller Testimony 🎀

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Goals for Mueller Testimony 

On Sunday, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said in an interview with Fox News that the Mueller report has β€œvery substantial evidence” that President Trump committed β€œhigh crimes and misdemeanors”. He asserted that the testimony before Congress will be a chance to let Mueller β€œpresent those facts” directly to the American people. In an interview with CBS, Adam Schiff, the House Intelligence Chairman, hinted that Democrats may also want to explore β€œcertain things” that go β€œbeyond the report”.

When is it happening?

Mueller will testify on Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee. The Intelligence Committee will focus on the Russian interference portion of the report, while the House Judiciary Committee will focus on the possible obstruction of justice charges by President Trump.


LEANING RIGHT:

Washington Times: Robert Mueller's testimony poses risk for Trump, but also for Democrats

Washington Examiner: Mark Meadows: Democrats 'privately orchestrating' Mueller hearing to be 2020 campaign event



Articles from conservative media outlets believe Democrats’ strategy will not work in the Mueller hearing. They highlight comments by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) suggesting that Democrats are searching for β€œa few little sound bites” to use to impeach Trump. These articles also believe Democrats will face a β€œunfulfilling conclusion” since Mueller is expected to deliver β€œone word answers” and β€œfew surprises”.

LEANING LEFT:

NBCNews: CONGRESS 'Damning' facts, proof of 'high crimes' to be highlighted by Mueller testimony, top Dems say

CNN: 'Very substantial evidence' Trump is 'guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors,' House Judiciary Chair says

The left sees the hearing as an opportunity to get more information and to decide whether to push for impeachment. They note the comments by congressional leaders to have Mueller β€œbring” his report β€œto life” in order to explain it to Americans who haven't read the report. They also mention the letter the special counsel sent out saying that Barr’s summary β€œdid not fully capture the context,nature, and substance” of the report.


Where's the common ground?

Both sides agree that Mueller’s testimony is a highly anticipated event that could produce many headlines. They also agree that Mueller is an experienced witness who could offer few words that leave either or both sides unsatisfied.

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