Mueller was just caught on live camera…
In his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning, former Special Counsel Robert Mueller was caught by Rep. Doug Collins contradicting himself, noting that Mueller was saying something different now than he said in his report.
Democrats had taken Mueller before the commission after the study discovered that there was no collusion between any U.S. and Russian government trying to interfere with the 2016 presidential election and failed to reach a conclusion on obstruction of justice. (Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein determined that there was insufficient basis for an obstruction of justice prosecution.)
Unhappy with the result of the investigation and the repeated claims of exoneration made by President Donald Trump, Democrats were inclined to have Mueller testify directly. He agreed to do so, but said he was not going to testify to anything other than his report.
In his opening statement, Mueller stated: “We did not address collusion, which is not a legal term. rather, we focused on whether the evidence was sufficient to charge any member of the campaign with taking part in a criminal conspiracy, and it was not.”
That statement proposed that the study did not actually conclude that Trump was colluding with Russia — contrary to what the president said, and with the report’s prevalent government knowledge.
Collins began by asking Mueller whether “collusion” and “conspiracy” were synonymous. Mueller said, “No.”
However, Collins read Mueller’s own report to him: “On page 180 of volume one of your report, you wrote, ‘As defined in legal dictionaries, collusion is largely synonymous with conspiracy as that crime is set forth in the general federal conspiracy statute, 18 U.S.C. 371; … Are you sitting here today testifying something different than what your report states?”
Mueller struggled to clarify the contradiction and eventually admitted that his report’s interpretation was the right one, rather than the response he had just provided to Congress.