DOJ warns Robert Mueller over House testimony: STAY ON SCRIPT


According to the democrats, tomorrow is the big day:  Robert Mueller will be appearing before the House Judiciary Committee in order to answer questions pertaining to his investigation into Russia interference in the 2016 election.

As has been customary in these settings, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle will be grilling Mueller, likely on slightly disparate subjects.  The democrats will almost certainly focus on the “obstruction” narrative, hoping to expose what they believe is wrongdoing by President Trump during Mueller’s actual investigation.  For the republicans, there will be an endless supply of questions as to why the entire debacle got rolling in the first place, and whether or not the Steele Dossier had anything to do with it.

The Department of Justice has said “not so fast“.

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The Justice Department warned former special counsel Robert Mueller on Monday not to stray beyond the four corners of his already-released report when he comes to Capitol Hill this week to testify.

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Associate Deputy Attorney General Bradley Weinsheimer, in a letter to Mr. Mueller, said that means any decisions Mr. Mueller made, or information he uncovered, that he didn’t include in his report will be out of bounds for the hearing.

The department also has a longstanding practice of not talking about people who were investigated but not charged, Mr. Weinsheimer said.

Mueller has been reluctant to take the stand publicly, and is only appearing after a lengthy negotiation process and under threat of a subpoena.

The former Special Counsel has indicated previously that he would prefer for his written work to speak for itself, and intimated that he would not be willing to speculate on any subjects not directly addressed within the report.

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