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Mueller testimony covered old territory

The much-anticipated Congressional testimony by Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday turned up little new ground. As he had warned House leaders, Mueller did not discuss matters that were not part of his final report, he did not embellish or expand on his findings and he did not offer his opinions on what Congress should do about President Donald Trump.

Mueller did declare, quite clearly, that his report did not exonerate President Trump. He repeated what his report said, that there was insufficient evidence that Trump or any member of his campaign had cooperated or conspired with Russian interference in the 2016 election. He said his investigation, in keeping with a department of Justice legal opinion that a sitting president should not face indictment, “never started the process” of evaluating whether to charge the president in questions of obstruction of justice.

The hearings on Wednesday did allow Democratic representatives to review all the negative findings about the president, and allowed Republicans to scold Mueller and question the integrity of the report and Muellers staff.

Almost forgotten is Mueller’s statement that yes, indeed, Russian hackers did meddle with the 2016 election, and that their efforts continue today. If Americans take anything away from Wednesday’s testimony, it should be that. The White House and Congress should work in unison to stop that from happening.

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