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Washington - Report: Justice Department Trying To Quash Mueller Team Testimony

Published on: July 10, 2019 08:49 AM
By: Reuters
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Washington - The Justice Department is trying to prevent two former members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team from testifying behind closed doors as Mueller prepares to make a public appearance before lawmakers next week, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.

The department said last week it opposed testimony by Aaron Zebley and James Quarles before the Democratic-led House of Representatives’ Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, a senior congressional official told the paper. A Justice Department official confirmed the account and had instructed the men not to appear, the paper said.

A person familiar with the matter told Reuters the former Mueller team members were in negotiations to testify before the two panels behind closed doors. The person could not confirm that the Justice Department had instructed them not to testify.

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Mueller is due to testify in open session before the House of Representatives Judiciary and Intelligence Committees on July 17.

Justice Department representatives were not immediately available for comment on the report. Committee spokesmen did not respond to a request for comment.

Mueller issued a report in April that found Russia had interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and that Republican President Donald Trump’s campaign team had had multiple contacts with Russian officials.

But the report found insufficient evidence to establish a criminal conspiracy between the campaign and Moscow.

Mueller, in his first public comments since starting the two-year investigation, said on May 29 his probe was never going to end with criminal charges against Trump, and indicated it was up to Congress to decide whether he should be impeached.

“If we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” Mueller said.

The Judiciary and Intelligence panels led by U.S. Representatives Jerrold Nadler and Adam Schiff are conducting their own investigations into Russian interference and possible obstruction.



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 Jul 10, 2019 at 09:06 AM qazxc Says:

This is so unfair to the president. Everyone knows total transparency in his administration and has nothing to hide in his businesses but the DOJ won't let Mueller testify publicly to clear the president of all wrongdoing, just like the IRS is preventing him from showing us his tax returns.

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 Jul 10, 2019 at 10:27 AM As is Says:

Reply to #1  
qazxc Says:

This is so unfair to the president. Everyone knows total transparency in his administration and has nothing to hide in his businesses but the DOJ won't let Mueller testify publicly to clear the president of all wrongdoing, just like the IRS is preventing him from showing us his tax returns.

Sure. Get a life. You’re evil guy obumer harasha hated this county and hated you.
You support the dem-o-rats they’re vile liberals.
Feh

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 Jul 10, 2019 at 11:02 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

No big deal really. Does he think he can suppress this stuff for a year? Ten? In the long run it will come out. I suppose the plan now is to stay a few steps ahead of impeachment until he leaves office and then a few steps ahead of a court appearance until he dies.

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 Jul 10, 2019 at 01:20 PM qazxc Says:

Reply to #2  
As is Says:

Sure. Get a life. You’re evil guy obumer harasha hated this county and hated you.
You support the dem-o-rats they’re vile liberals.
Feh

I don't support parties, I support candidates. Believing in liberalism or conservatism is all the same avodah zarah as believing in socialism or communism or fascism.

All are belief systems built on ideas outside of torah. The only ism for a yid is Judaism.

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 Jul 10, 2019 at 01:36 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #3  
PaulinSaudi Says:

No big deal really. Does he think he can suppress this stuff for a year? Ten? In the long run it will come out. I suppose the plan now is to stay a few steps ahead of impeachment until he leaves office and then a few steps ahead of a court appearance until he dies.

Impeachment? you still dreaming about that?

He is ahead of impeachment buddy. Did you forget that the Republicans are in control of the senate? McConnel won't let it thru. Barr exonerated trump. McConnel ain't gona listen to Nadler and the democratic congress. Impeachment is dead in the water.

If he wins in 2020 its all over for you. By 2024 the statute of limitations are up. And long standing policy is not indict a sitting president. Aint that too bad yamsar, qaxzc?

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 Jul 10, 2019 at 01:38 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
qazxc Says:

This is so unfair to the president. Everyone knows total transparency in his administration and has nothing to hide in his businesses but the DOJ won't let Mueller testify publicly to clear the president of all wrongdoing, just like the IRS is preventing him from showing us his tax returns.

Everybody knows that when someone tries to ensnare you they will find something. If you are a rich businessman I'd advise you not to allow too much to come forward once someone is after you or you'll be fried alive

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 Jul 10, 2019 at 01:57 PM yamsar Says:

Reply to #2  
As is Says:

Sure. Get a life. You’re evil guy obumer harasha hated this county and hated you.
You support the dem-o-rats they’re vile liberals.
Feh

Read his comment again. He didn’t mention any support for Obama.

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 Jul 10, 2019 at 04:09 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
As is Says:

Sure. Get a life. You’re evil guy obumer harasha hated this county and hated you.
You support the dem-o-rats they’re vile liberals.
Feh

You sound vile and hateful...just like you favorite President. Shkoyach

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 Jul 10, 2019 at 02:38 PM Educated Archy Says:

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yamsar Says:

Read his comment again. He didn’t mention any support for Obama.

"His" ?

meaning YOUR comment?

You think we are fools you rotten lair? You see to know exactly when and where to chime in? And funny how all of a sudden we have yamsar paulin qaxzc all in the 1st 7 comments. Only a spammer knows how do to that.

Yes I do remember when lyin paulin managed to get a shabbos comment in and the first comment on VIN on Motzai shabbos under a totally different article was if Archy read Pualin's comment? And pualin's copmment wasn't even addressed to me personally. (He simple wrote the words happy shabbos on shabbos.) How in the world can one notice that obscure barb so quickly (like right away on M shabbos) to the point where he comments on a totaly diff article about it.

Its because you Yamsar are a lair and spammer. VIN please ban Yamsar from spamming.

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