WASHINGTON (AP), July 25 – House Republicans say Robert Mueller’s testimony Wednesday uncovered no meaningful new information and that it’s time to move on.
Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy says that “this should be the end of the chapter that we put America through.”
The former special counsel testified before two democrat-led committees that his two-year probe into Russian election interference did not exonerate President Donald Trump on obstruction. The report described in detail 11 instances of potential obstruction, including Trump’s attempts to restrain the investigation and have Mueller removed as special counsel.
But Republicans say Mueller did not find guilt, either. McCarthy suggests that people think about what he calls “this poor president” and what he has gone through.
Ohio Republican Jim Jordan says, “It’s definitely time to move on.”
President Donald Trump says the Russia probe created a “phony cloud” over his administration and says House committee hearings featuring testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller were “all nonsense.”
He says Mueller’s performance was “obviously not very good” and is accusing him of not knowing about certain details of his investigation. Trump is calling it a “devastating day” for the democrats.
After the congressional hearings ended, Trump spoke to reporters at the White House before leaving for Wheeling, West Virginia, where he’s attending a private fundraiser for his re-election campaign.
The Trump campaign sent out a personal plea to donors Wednesday to tell Democrats to end the “WITCH HUNT” by raising $2 million in 24 hours.
Former special counsel Robert Mueller has finished testifying before Congress.
Mueller testified before two committees on Wednesday for more than six hours on his 448-page report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Mueller said the interference was not a hoax, and it was not an isolated episode. He warned that there should be a more robust effort to guard against future interference.
House intelligence committee Chairman Adam Schiff said the democrat investigations will continue.
Mueller answered most questions in short sentences, referring Congress members to his report and choosing not to read his report aloud.
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.