House Democrats are trying to defend their decision to have Mueller testify last week, though it was widely considered as a failure.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said the most “chilling” part of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony was his confirmation that Russia never stopped interfering in U.S. politics.
“I also found … most chilling the fact that the special counsel confirmed the Russians have never stopped their interference, they’re at it again,” Schiff said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“And he is desperately concerned, as I am as well, that the acceptance of foreign help, the willingness to receive it, may become a new normal under this president. That, as the special counsel said, ought to alarm every American,” said Schiff.
EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Adam Schiff, Chair of the Intelligence Committee, says that he found the Mueller testimony “chilling.” #MTP #IfItsSunday@RepAdamSchiff: “The Special Counsel confirmed the Russians have never stopped their interference, they’re at it again.” pic.twitter.com/U6FqhiFYTO
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) July 28, 2019
Ronna McDaniel, GOP Chairwoman, responded by saying, “Adam Schiff has spent nearly 50 hours on TV since 2017 smearing President Donald Trump. No surprise he found a TV set this morning to continue to attack POTUS despite Mueller’s hearing being a disaster for him & Dems. At some point the networks will stop having him on, right?”
Adam Schiff has spent nearly 50 hours on TV since 2017 smearing @realDonaldTrump.
No surprise he found a TV set this morning to continue to attack POTUS despite Mueller’s hearing being a disaster for him & Dems.
At some point the networks will stop having him on, right?
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) July 28, 2019
Meanwhile, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler on Sunday said that having Robert Mueller testify last week was not a mistake.
“Since his report was issued, the attorney general and the president have misrepresented that report, lied to the American people about it, said that the report said—found no collusion, no obstruction, and totally exonerated the president,” the New York Democrat said on ABC’s “This Week.”
“Now, all those three statements are lies,” Nadler continued. “It was very important for Mueller to get up there and say just that and to say the report found that the Russians—remember the heart of this—the Russians attacked our election and tried to influence our election to help elect Trump,” according to Politico.
Because Mueller offered no stunning revelations, the testimony last Wednesday,, July 24, was widely considered as a failure.
As reported by The Associated Press last week, Mueller had made clear in his report that he could not exonerate President Donald Trump on obstruction of justice in the probe. But investigators didn’t find sufficient evidence to establish charges of criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Besides, Robert Mueller has clarified that he did not consider bringing criminal charges against President Donald Trump as part of his Russia investigation. Mueller said his team “did not reach a determination as to whether the president committed a crime.”
An analysis of The Daily Signal asserted Mueller’s testimony was a complete disaster for liberals. The analysis said, if Democrats believed that Robert Mueller would provide them with additional ammunition for an impeachment inquiry, they made an extraordinary miscalculation.
Following the testimony on Wednesday, President Trump said, “I would like to thank the Democrats for holding this morning’s hearing. Now, after 3 hours, Robert Mueller has to subject himself to #ShiftySchiff—an Embarrassment to our Country!”
Later, the president pinned a teasing clip in his Twitter, which focused on a Democratic rival looking sorrowful at a post-Mueller news conference and ended with “now they have less than nothing.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2019
President Trump appeared at the end of the clip, saying, “The Democrats had nothing, and now they have less than nothing.”
Nadler filed a lawsuit Friday seeking confidential grand jury material from the Mueller report, though the former special counsel was required under law to withhold it from the public.
President Trump lashed out at the New York Democrat in a tweet Saturday, saying his administration gave Nadler and the Democrats a complete Mueller report, but “Nothing will ever be good enough for them.”
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