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Highlights from the Mueller testimony

Former U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified on Wednesday to the U.S. House of Representatives about his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and any possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump.Rather than answer some questioners, Mueller often referred them to his report on the investigation or declined to answer. At one point, he had to correct himself after saying he would have sought to indict Trump if not for a Justice Department policy against charging a sitting president, saying his investigation did not determine whether the president had committed a crime.

Below are highlights from Mueller's testimony to the first hearing before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, followed by later testimony to the House intelligence panel.

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Former U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified on Wednesday to the U.S. House of Representatives about his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and any possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump.
OPENING STATEMENT: "During the course of our investigation, we charged more than 30 defendants with committing federal crimes, including 12 officers of the Russian military. Seven defendants have been convicted or pled guilty." Pictured: Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives for arraignment on a third superseding indictment against him by Mueller on charges of witness tampering, at U.S. District Court in Washington, June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
“During the course of our investigation, we charged more than 30 defendants with committing federal crimes, including 12 officers of the Russian military. Seven defendants have been convicted or pled guilty.” Pictured: Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives for arraignment on a third superseding indictment against him by Mueller on charges of witness tampering, at U.S. District Court in Washington, June 15, 2018.
INDICTING A PRESIDENT: Democratic Representative Ted Lieu asked if the reason Mueller did not indict Trump was the Justice Department's long-standing policy against charging a sitting president. Mueller replied: "That is correct," but in his appearance before the House Intelligence Committee later, he corrected himself. "We did not reach a determination as to whether the president committed a crime," he said.Pictured: President Trump in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 12, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Democratic Representative Ted Lieu asked if the reason Mueller did not indict Trump was the Justice Department’s long-standing policy against charging a sitting president. Mueller replied: “That is correct,” but in his appearance before the House Intelligence Committee later, he corrected himself. “We did not reach a determination as to whether the president committed a crime,” he said.Pictured: President Trump in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 12, 2019.
ON TRUMP: Asked if Trump wanted Mueller fired for investigating possible obstruction of justice: "That's what it says in the report, yes." Pictured: Members of the audience listen as Mueller testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Asked if Trump wanted Mueller fired for investigating possible obstruction of justice: “That’s what it says in the report, yes.” Pictured: Members of the audience listen as Mueller testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2019.
ON TRUMP: Asked if the president could be prosecuted for obstruction of justice after he leaves office, Mueller said: "True."Pictured: Mueller stands before the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Asked if the president could be prosecuted for obstruction of justice after he leaves office, Mueller said: “True.” Pictured: Mueller stands before the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2019
LIARS: Democratic Representative Val Demings mentioned people who were charged with lying to Mueller's investigators and asked if there were lying witnesses who had not been indicted. "I think there's probably a spectrum of witnesses in terms of those who are not telling the full truth and those who are outright liars," he said.Pictured: Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller refers to documents as he testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Democratic Representative Val Demings mentioned people who were charged with lying to Mueller’s investigators and asked if there were lying witnesses who had not been indicted. “I think there’s probably a spectrum of witnesses in terms of those who are not telling the full truth and those who are outright liars,” he said.
DEFINE OBSTRUCTION: Democratic Representative Hakeem Jeffries said that in ordering Don McGahn, then the White House counsel, to fire Mueller and then lie about it, Trump had "committed an obstructive act," connected it to an official proceeding and "did so with corrupt intent," which constituted obstruction of justice. Mueller responded: "Let me just say ... I don't subscribe necessarily to the way you analyze that. I'm not saying it's out of the ballpark. But I'm not supportive of that analytical charge."Pictured: Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) arrives ahead of Mueller testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
Democratic Representative Hakeem Jeffries said that in ordering Don McGahn, then the White House counsel, to fire Mueller and then lie about it, Trump had “committed an obstructive act,” connected it to an official proceeding and “did so with corrupt intent,” which constituted obstruction of justice.
ABOUT THE MAKEUP OF HIS STAFF: "We strove to hire those individuals that could do the job," Mueller said. "What I care about is the capability of the individual to do the job and do the job quickly and seriously and with integrity."Pictured: Mueller confers with his acting counsel Aaron Zebley, longtime aide to Mueller at the FBI, as he testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis
“We strove to hire those individuals that could do the job,” Mueller said. “What I care about is the capability of the individual to do the job and do the job quickly and seriously and with integrity.” Pictured: Mueller confers with his acting counsel Aaron Zebley, longtime aide to Mueller at the FBI, as he testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2019.

APPROACH BY RUSSIA: Democratic Representative Terri Sewell brought up a 2016 meeting Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and campaign officials had with a Russian lawyer they had been told could furnish information about Democratic presidential opponent Hillary Clinton. She asked Mueller whether a campaign should notify the FBI after being approached by a foreign government. "I would think that is something they would and should do," he said.Pictured: Mueller testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis
Democratic Representative Terri Sewell brought up a 2016 meeting Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and campaign officials had with a Russian lawyer they had been told could furnish information about Democratic presidential opponent Hillary Clinton. She asked Mueller whether a campaign should notify the FBI after being approached by a foreign government. “I would think that is something they would and should do,” he said.Pictured: Mueller testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2019.