Jul 23, 2019

Comey: If pressed, Mueller would say there's evidence to charge Trump

Former FBI Director James Comey said on Tuesday that he believes special counsel Robert Mueller, if pressed, would argue that there is sufficient evidence to charge President Trump on "at least some" of the allegations of obstruction outlined in his report.

"If this were a case about someone other than the president, they would have already been indicted on at least several of these obstruction incidents, maybe all of them, I don't know."
"Director Mueller I think, if pressed, would reach a decision at least on some of them that there is sufficient evidence to charge the president. But again, he's a principled person trying to be fair, and said, 'I shouldn't be doing that given that the man can't vindicate himself.' I'd be shocked if he imagined that Bill Barr would take the thing and say 'Oh thanks Bob, no case here, we're closing it.' I'd be shocked."

Why it matters: Mueller will be testifying before the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees on Wednesday in one of the most highly anticipated hearings of the Trump presidency. Whether Trump would have been indicted if he were not a sitting president is sure to be a central theme of the hearing for House Democrats, but — as Comey pointed out — Mueller is unlikely to answer such a direct question, especially since it's outside the scope of his report.

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The 9 big moments from Robert Mueller's House testimony

Robert Mueller prepares to testify before the House Judiciary Committee. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Former special counsel Robert Mueller testified Wednesday in back-to-back sessions before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees.

The big picture: Mueller — who refused to read directly from the report during his appearances, denied Democrats some of the cinematic wins they'd hoped for — was generally concise with his responses, often asking members to repeat their questions and directing them to refer to the wording in his report.

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Mueller says Trump could be charged with obstruction after he leaves office

Former special counsel Robert Mueller told Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) at the House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday that President Trump could be charged with obstruction of justice after he leaves office.

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The Trump claims that Robert Mueller rebutted in his testimony

Mueller testifies before the House Select Committee on Intelligence on July 24, 2019. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

In his testimony Wednesday, former special counsel Robert Mueller disputed 5 of President Trump's frequent claims about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and the president's potential efforts to obstruct justice.

The big picture: Many of the claims Mueller knocked down were already refuted in his 450-page report, but Democrats were seeking to animate the special counsel's findings through Wednesday's high-stakes testimony. That was clear from the moment that Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) opened the hearing with his line of questioning.

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