- Muller's testimony revealed nothing new.
- Democrats pushed for impeachment.
- Republicans looked to attack and defame the investigation.
During his testimony Robert Mueller’s most common response seemed to be “I’m not going to discuss that.” Although Mueller made it clear that his testimony would be limited, his constant aversion to seemingly relevant questions began to annoy lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. However Muller’s reluctance to answer many of the questions directed to him only slightly added to the fact that the nearly eight hours of testimony revealed nothing new and was more or less a waist of the nation’s time and energy. At the end of all the questioning it’s still clear Republicans think the entire investigation is a farce, and Democrats believe they have grounds for impeachment.
Impeachment was repeatedly brought up during the testimony, and it was a topic Mueller was extremely hesitant to address. Despite prodding from multiple Democratic lawmakers, Mueller could not recommend impeachment. Although, at one point Mueller said his team found evidence of obstruction that could lead to the President’s indictment after he leaves office. However, Mueller later took back this statement and clarified that his team did not make any determination as to whether or not President Trump obstructed Justice.
This didn’t stop many Democratic congressman from using Mueller’s words to justify impeachment, stating it was their “duty” and “responsibility” to impeach the President. Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren tweeted, “Robert Mueller’s report is an impeachment referral, and it’s up to Congress to act. But impeachment shouldn’t be the only way that a sitting president can be held accountable for committing a crime. No president is above the law.”
The Republicans used Mueller’s testimony as an opportunity to attack and defame his investigation into the President, Russian interference in the 2016 election, and suspicious links between Trump and Russian officials. Republicans grilled Mueller on the fact that his report hardly addresses the Steele dossier, the document that played a role in initiating the Trump-Russia investigation and was revealed to have been partially funded by the Clintons. The Republicans also asked if Mueller had interviewed Christopher Steele, the creator of the Steele dossier. Mueller declined to speak about either.
Republicans also criticized Mueller’s team for being politically biased. One Republican congressman brought attention to the fact that nine members of Mueller’s team were Democratic donors, six were Hillary Clinton donors, and one attended a Hillary Clinton election rally.
Despite the high anticipation surrounding Robert Mueller’s testimony nothing new was revealed. The testimony served only to vindicate preconceived beliefs and ideas.