Jul 24, 2019

Nadler says Mueller doesn't have to comply with DOJ letter in testimony

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler. Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler told CNN Tuesday that former special counsel Robert Mueller doesn't have to comply with a Justice Department letter stating he "must remain within the boundaries" of his Russia report during congressional testimony.

The big picture: The letter directed Mueller to "not go beyond" his report during testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees Wednesday. Nadler told CNN the letter was "incredibly arrogant." "He doesn’t work for them, and that letter asks things that are beyond the power of the agency to ask even if he still worked for them," he said.

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Schiff to Mueller: DOJ instructions have no bearing on testimony

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff wrote to former Special Counsel Robert Mueller Tuesday to say a Justice Department letter stating he must "not go beyond" his Russia report during testimony should have "no bearing" on his congressional appearance.

The big picture: The Department of Justice wrote directions to Mueller ahead of his testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees Wednesday. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said earlier that Mueller doesn't have to comply with the DOJ's instructions, which he called "incredibly arrogant."

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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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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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