WENSTRUP: OK, so yes. Well, no, no, no, no.
READ: Mueller Report PDF On Russia Investigation Attorney General William Barr has released special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in … QUIGLEY: Volume 1, page 59. KRISHNAMOORTHI: Director Mueller, I want to turn your attention to a couple of other issues. Is that right? MUELLER: It sounds like a worthwhile endeavor. CARSON: In addition to the June 9th meeting just discussed, Manafort also met several time with a man named Konstantin Kilimnik, who the FBI assessed to have ties with Russian intel agencies. The party line was also that Cohen and Trump never discussed traveling to Russia during the campaign when in truth they did discuss it, is that right? DEMINGS: Director Mueller, I know based on your decades of experience, you’ve probably had an opportunity to analyze the credibility of countless witnesses, but you weren’t able to do so with this witness? On October 31st, 2016, Slate published a report suggesting that a server at Trump tower was secretly communicating with Russia’s alpha bank.
I think it was an invasion. Russians accessed Democrat servers and disseminated sensitive information by tricking campaign insiders into revealing protected information. Trump could not be exonerated. So respectfully, Director, you didn’t follow the special counsel regulations. This included investigating any links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign. Special Counsel Mueller is accompanied today by Aaron Zebley who served as Deputy Special Counsel from May 2017 until May 2019, and had day-to-day oversight of the Special Counsel’s investigation. Now, the Trump campaign wasn't exactly reluctant to take Russian help. For Russia, too, there was a powerful financial motive. Not supported. Is that correct? MUELLER: Well, there are -- without looking at the memoranda I could not answer that question. Use the buttons below to highlight particular sections of Mueller's testimony.
As part of that full and thorough investigation, what determination did the special counsel office make about whether the Steele dossier was part of the Russian government efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election?
MUELLER: I think that’s right -- I think that’s right. "It is not a witch hunt," Mueller responded. And so does that not meet your own threshold for success? MUELLER: When you’re talking about computer crimes in the charge... SCHIFF: The Trump campaign officials built their strategy - their messaging strategy around those stolen documents? SCHIFF: We have two, five minute periods remaining -- Mr. Nunes and myself. And these groups pose a significant threat to the United States and our allies in upcoming elections. MUELLER: There was a statement by the president in those general lines. with that because I don’t think it was just an intervention. You had warned us that Robert Mueller would be highly disciplined, he would be circumspect, and that he would, more or less, deliberately try and be boring.
The (inaudible) time has expired. MUELLER: Again, a territory that I cannot go to. See you tomorrow. Finally, we must agree that the opportunity cost here is too high. Now, you said you chose your words carefully. These are yes-or-no answers. "I have been in this business for almost 25 years. Second, the investigation needed to be conducted fairly and with absolute integrity. MUELLER: That’s right.
No one —. Now, this is my concern, Mr. Mueller, this is the headline on all of the news channels while you were testifying today Mueller, Trump was not exonerated. On April 18, 2019, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler sent Mueller a letter requesting his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee "as soon as possible – but, in any event, no later than May 23, 2019". Now, Director, the special counsel applied this inverted burden of proof that I can't find and you said doesn't exist anywhere in the department policies. Mueller said clearly that his investigation did not exonerate the President, and he condemned the President's tweets praising WikiLeaks when it released stolen emails in 2016. Transcript provided by ASC Services on behalf of BGOV. No evidence of conspiracy, no evidence of coordination. TURNER: Great. So Americans need to know this, as they listen to the Democrats and socialists on the other side of the aisle, as they do dramatic readings from this report: that Volume 2 of this report was not authorized under the law to be written. DEMINGS: OK. Could you say Director Mueller that the president was credible? We got an awful lot in the report, but we did not get every intersection or conversation and the like. Now, knowing that these are not getting into whether these sources were real or not real, was there any concern that there could have been disinformation that was going from the Kremlin into the Clinton campaign and then being fed into the FBI? WENSTRUP: Is it accurate to say your investigation found no evidence that members of the Trump campaign were involved in the theft or publication of the Clinton campaign-related emails? You wrote 180 pages, 180 pages about decisions that weren't reached, about potential crimes that weren't charged or decided. The investigation found substantial evidence that when the president ordered Don McGahn to fire the special counsel and then lie about it, Donald Trump, one, committed an obstructive act, two, connected to an official proceeding, three, did so with corrupt intent. NUNES: You had a team of 19 lawyers, 40 agents and an unlimited budget, correct, Mr. Mueller? Yeah. But I do have a series of questions. HECK: Your investigation determined that Mr. SCHIFF: Donald Trump was trying to make millions from a real estate deal in Moscow? I understand. It was not a hoax. Did your investigation find that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from one of the candidates winning?
Your office, however, did not investigate who was responsible for inviting these Trump associates to this symposium. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, however, we are unable to reach that judgment," close quote. Director Mueller, good morning. Mr. Mueller, is it accurate that your investigation found no evidence that members of the Trump campaign were involved in the theft or publication of Clinton campaign-related emails? Did you make any referrals about these... MUELLER: I can’t get into discussion on it. Because it really -- it’s much more accurately described as conspiracy. We did not reach what you could call counterintelligence conclusions. Were you or your team provided any questions by members of Congress (inaudible) the majority ahead of your hearing today? HECK: Trump administration National Security Advisor designate Michael Flynn also discussed sanctions in a secret conversation with the Russian ambassador. And during the meeting, Kushner actually texted Manafort saying it was, quote, “a waste of time,” end quote. MUELLER: I think generally so that would be the case. Mr. Mueller consistently refused to accommodate them. The real crime, they say, is not that the Russians intervened to help Donald Trump, but that the FBI investigated it when they did. Let me say one more thing. All right. Do you have an opinion as a former FBI officer? Please note that your written statement will be entered into the record in its entirely. I want to ask you about it so that the record’s perfectly clear. And this is important because I think it in fact does go to the heart of why the Trump campaign was so unrelentingly intent on developing relationships with the Kremlin. And adopting whatever -- and I’m not that familiar with legislation, but whatever legislation will encourage us working together -- by us, I mean the FBI, CIA, NSA, and the rest -- it should be pursued aggressively early. Trump, in fact, stood in his company to earn many millions of dollars on that deal, did they not, sir? And they range from the president's effort to curtail the special counsel's investigation, the president's further efforts to have the attorney general take over the investigation, the president orders Don McGahn to deny that the president tried to fire the special counsel, and many others, is that correct? (R)MD+SD-- Putting that aside, which leads me to my final question, did you do anything about it? Thank you. The need to act in ethical manner is not just a moral one, but when people act unethically it also exposes them to compromise particularly in dealing with foreign powers, is that true?
Based on your investigation, how could the Russian government have used this campaign polling data to further its sweeping and systematic interference in the 2016 presidential election? MUELLER: Disturbing and also subject to investigation.
We indicated earlier that it was a lucrative deal. You would not tell us whether the counterintelligence investigation revealed whether people still serving within the administration pose a risk of compromise and should never have been given a security clearance, so we must find out. The reason the why -- the reason we didn’t do the interview was because of the length of time that it would take to resolve the issues attended to that. In fact, your investigation found that Manafort briefed Kilimnik on the state of the Trump campaign and Manafort's plan to win the election and that briefing encompassed the campaign's messaging, its internal polling data. You’re the only one -- your office is the only one who had information regarding this. As you know, I made a few limited remarks -- limited remarks about our report when we closed the special counsel's office in May of this year. What I’d like you to confirm is the report that you did that is the subject matter of this hearing was to the attorney general. SWALWELL: Did you want to interview the president? As this hearing is under oath and before we begin your testimony, Mr. Mueller and Zebley, would you please rise and raise your right hands to be sworn. You waited a year, you put up with a lot of negotiations, you made numerous accommodations, which you lay out, so that he could prepare and not be surprised. After overseeing counterintelligence operations for 12 years as FBI director, and then investigating what the Russians have done in the 2016 election, you’ve seen tactics, techniques, and results of Russian intelligence operations. In fact, there were many questions that you asked the president that he simply didn’t answer, isn’t that correct? Were you ever able to ascertain whether Donald Trump still intends to build that tower when he leaves office? Director Mueller, we have a responsibility to address the evidence that you have uncovered. SCHIFF: Paul Manafort was - in fact, went so far as to encourage other people to lie? Thank you, Mr. Mueller for being here today. Top DOJ official Bruce Ohr, whose own wife worked on Fusion GPS’ anti-Trump operation, fed Steele information to the FBI even after the FBI fired Steele.