Thursday, July 25, 2019

FactChecking the Mueller Hearings

While former special counsel Robert S. Mueller reiterated in congressional testimony what he said in his voluminous report on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, politicians reiterated some claims about the inquiry and its findings.
Mueller testified before the House judiciary and intelligence committeeson July 24. A redacted version of the special counsel’s 448-page report had been released three months earlier, on April 18. It concluded that “[t]he Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion,” detailing the hacking and social media operations involved, as we’ve explained before
The report said the “investigation established multiple links between Trump Campaign officials and individuals tied to the Russian government.” It “did not establish that the Campaign coordinated or conspired with the Russian government in its election-interference activities.” See our April 18 story “What the Mueller Report Says About Russian Contacts” for more on that. 
On the issue of potential obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump, the report “found multiple acts by the President that were capable of exerting undue influence over law enforcement investigations, including the Russian-interference and obstruction investigations,” but it “did not draw ultimate conclusions about the President’s conduct,” Mueller wrote, because investigators refrained from making a prosecutorial judgment. As he repeated in his congressional testimony, Mueller wrote in the report that an opinion issued by the Office of Legal Counsel finding that a sitting president couldn’t be indicted factored into the decision to not weigh in on prosecution. For more on the “key events” the report examined regarding  obstruction, see “What the Mueller Report Says About Obstruction.”
Attorney General William P. Barr told Congress in a March 24 letter that the Department of Justice wouldn’t bring charges against Trump, concluding that “the evidence developed during the Special Counsel’s investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.”
For an overview of key moments during the Russia investigation, see our timeline of the probe.
Let’s take a look at some repeated claims made during and about Mueller’s testimony.


  1. I don't know why your bring WaPo stories, but the consensus here in US is big win for the president.

    How about a story where Mueller denied knowing who Fusion GPS is? and despite being offered an out, reiterated his ignorance.

    How about his slurring his speech a few times, and his quick repeating of words? Both traits of senility. (To be fair, Rudy Giuliani did the same a few months ago.)

  2. Kalonymus AnonymusJuly 25, 2019 at 9:19 PM

    Muller refuses to help Democrats

  3. saying trump generally lied and was uncooperative obstructed justice is far from a big win for trump

  4. Daas Torah Mod “saying trump generally lied and was uncooperative obstructed justice is far from a big win for trump”
    Trump is facing a רשע ערום false charge from Democrats. He’s fighting against it very well. We could learn from Trump. How to fight against the false charge of the K-G garbage heter ? רשע ערום with Greenblatt writing, what surely he knows is a lie:
    “I hereby return to that which I wrote regarding this matter concerning the lady Ms. Tamar Epstein, who married one gentleman who was subsequently diagnosed with mental illness, such that physicians testified his condition is incurable, and immediately she began to separate from him. And it is agreed by the poskim that mental illness of such magnitude that it is impossible for a spouse to live with him, similar to that which they said no human can live with a snake etc., is a worthy reason to annul kiddushin for it is mekach ta‘ut” ?
    How am I suppose to fight against Irwin Haut’s false charge; “I urged him not to leave and advised him that he would be abandoning his wife and children if he persisted in leaving.” ?
    Thank God I actually have SCOTUS 18-9390 and NYS COA 649 to exonerate me. I know, courts don’t exonerate defendants that are falsely charged. Courts, at best, do a double negative, insufficient proof the defendant is not-guilty... The Muller hearings Republicans made this point well. My view is that the Muller hearings were a disaster for the Democrats.

  5. you are claiming falsely that a person who thinks he is innocent can lie ask others to lie and commit other crimes

  6. so you misrepresent what happened - he said fusion was not part of the investigation since it preceded it

    it doesn't matter what the facts are concerning crimes - shoot the messenger

  7. Daas Torah Mod “you are claiming falsely that a person who thinks he is innocent can lie ask others to lie and commit other crimes”
    The Democrats made the focus of, maybe, lies of Trump. No, I don’t have to answer if I think Trump lied or not. The Democrats attack Trump, like a pit bull, for high crimes and misdemeanors to be able to impeach him, Heaven forbid. The Democrats hope proving lies will lead to impeachment, Heaven forbid. Sorry, I’m not interested whether Trump lied or not. I love Trump and Netanyahu and support them 100%.
    Irwin Haut attacked me like a pit bull, for supposedly abandoning my wife, a high crime and misdemeanor in his book. See, הפקר כרמו is possible for a person to abandon his property so that another could seize and take ownership. I didn’t realize until now, how רשע ערום it is to attack me for abandonment. I’m making Aliyah to Israel. I just got CUNY to sign on June 11, 1991 my PhD dissertation, 3 economic essays. I knew Irwin Haut as a bit bull in demonstrations against recalcitrant husbands I attended with Susan. Irwin Haut along with Susan’s father were capable of punching me in the face. Whew, I made it to Israel, where I’m safe from being punched in the face, ב"ה. Thank you God.

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