‘Outside My Purview’: Mueller Dodges Key Questions From GOP Lawmakers

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday did little to provide new information concerning his investigation and its conclusion.

Moreover, Mueller provided little to no information on the investigation’s origins, despite being asked several times by different Republican lawmakers.

One such interaction occurred between Mueller and Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz.

Gaetz grilled Mueller on the FBI’s own role in perpetuating the investigation and Democratic ties to the Steele dossier, Fusion GPS (the group which funded the dossier), and Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson.

For each question, however, Mueller refused to provide an answer or said he was unable to do so.

Watch their exchange below:

A similar exchange between Mueller and fellow Republican Congressman Greg Steube happened a short time later.

Steube, a freshman member of Congress, questioned Mueller on key players that were involved with the origins of the Russian investigation.

“Given your 22 months of investigating, millions of dollars spent, and millions of documents reviewed, did you obtain any evidence at all that any American voter changed their vote as a result of Russian election interference?” Steube asked.

“I’m not going to speak to that,” Mueller responded.

“You can’t speak to that?” the lawmaker asked with some surprise. “After 22 months of an investigation, there’s not any evidence in that document before us [the Mueller report] that any voter changed their vote because of their interference. And I’m asking you that based on all of the documents that you received—”

“That was outside our purview,” the former special counsel said, cutting the Republican off.

“Russian meddling was outside of your purview?” the lawmaker inquired.

Mueller said the impact of the meddling was reviewed by “other agencies.”

“OK,” Steube said, moving on from the question. “You stated in your opening you would not get into the details of the Steele dossier. However, multiple times in Vol. 2 on page 23, 27, and 28 you mentioned the unverified allegations. How long did it take you to reach the conclusion that it was unverified?” the congressman asked.

“I’m not going to speak to that,” Mueller responded.

“It’s in your report, multiple times, that it’s unverified and you’re telling me that you’re not willing to tell us how you got to the conclusion that it was unverified?” the Republican pressed.

“True,” Mueller said.

“When did you become aware that the unverified Steele dossier was included in the FISA applications to spy on Carter Page?” Steube asked.

“I’m not going to speak to that,” the former special counsel answered.

The Republican then asked Mueller about former British spy Christopher Steele who comprised the unverified dossier referenced several times in Mueller’s final report.

The former special counsel refused to answer these questions as well, Breitbart reports:

“You can’t tell this committee as to whether or not you interviewed Christopher Steele in a 22-month investigation with 18-lawyers,” Steube said.

Mueller claimed he could not answer the question because it pertained to an investigation “being handled by others in the Department of Justice.”

“But you’re here testifying about this investigation today,” Steube said. “And I am asking you directly did any members of your team or did you interview Christopher Steele in the course of your investigation?”

Check it out:

Breitbart adds:

Steele, a British citizen, in many ways is at the center of the collusion hoax. In 2016, the former Mi6 operative was hired by the opposition research firm Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on then-candidate Donald Trump. The clients who had contracted with Fusion GPS and bankrolling the endeavor were none other than attorneys working for the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Steele’s dossier on Trump, which has largely been debunked, was partially the basis for the FBI to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant on members of the Trump campaign, including then-foreign policy advisor Carter Page. FBI officials failed to disclose to the FISA court that the dossier was funded by the Clinton campaign and DNC, though they did indicate the documents emerged from a opposition firm.

Since the history of the dossier has come to light, Steele has proved elusive to U.S. authorities. In May, he initially refused to meet with with officials from the DOJ tasked with investigating the the decision by FBI and Obama administration officials to spy on the Trump campaign. After his refusal became public, Steele agreed to cooperate with authorities and a subsequent interview was arranged in London.

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