On Wednesday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller appeared before the House Judiciary and House Intelligence Committees to answer questions related to his investigation of allegations that President Trump colluded with Russia during the 2016 campaign.
As our own Faye Higbee noted, the hearings were little more than “an exercise in…dementia” and were seen by many — even never-Trumper Chris Wallace — as a complete disaster for Democrats.
But it gets even better. Twitchy reported that NBC News counted the number of times Mueller either declined or was unable to answer questions in the hearings.
And the magic number is (drum roll, please…) — 198.
That’s right. Robert Mueller either refused to answer or was unable to answer questions put to him 198 times.
— NBC News Graphics (@NBCNewsGraphics) July 24, 2019
According to NBC:
Mueller has declined to answer certain questions throughout his testimony today, and deflected or deferred answering others. His reasons include: He didn’t want to speculate, couldn’t get into internal deliberations, had answered the question in his report, or was under orders not to answer a particular question.
NBC also posted samples of the questions that Mueller refused to answer:
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.: “So President Trump’s efforts to exert undue influence over your investigation intensified after the president became aware that he personally was being investigated?”
Robert Mueller: “I stick with the language that’s in front of you.”
Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga.: “Isn’t it true the evidence did not establish that the president or those close to him were involved in the charged Russian computer hacking or active measure conspiracies or that the president otherwise had unlawful relationships with any Russian official, Volume 2, page 76? Correct?”
Mueller: “I will leave the answer to our report.”
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.: “We went through and we counted 126 contacts between Russians or their agents and Trump campaign officials or their associates. So, would that sound about right?”
Mueller: “I can’t say. I understand the statistic.”
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas: “And when you talk about the president’s pattern of conduct, that include the 10 possible acts of obstruction that you investigated, is that correct? When you talk about the president’s pattern of conduct, that would include the 10 possible acts of obstruction that you investigated, correct?”
Mueller: “I direct you to the report for how that is characterized.”
“When you were appointed as special counsel, was President Trump’s firing of Comey something you anticipated investigating, potentially obstruction of justice?” asked Rep Louie Gohmert, R-Texas.
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Mueller answered: “I can’t get into that. That’s internal deliberations of the Justice Department.”
Grabien put together a video showing Mueller not answering a number of questions:
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) July 24, 2019
Twitchy wryly noted: “A big ‘thank you’ should go out to the Democrats in Congress from President Trump’s 2020 reelection team for putting the national spotlight on this disaster.”
We tend to agree, especially since Democrats actually practiced this hearing before it began.
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