WASHINGTON (AP) Robert Mueller, the taciturn lawman at the center of a polarizing American drama, bluntly dismissed President Donald Trumps claims of total exoneration in the federal probe of Russias 2016 election interference. In a long day of congressional testimony, Mueller warned that Moscows actions represented and still represent a great threat to American democracy.
Muellers back-to-back Capitol Hill appearances on Wednesday, his first since his two-year Russia probe ended, carried the prospect of a historic climax to a rare criminal investigation into a sitting American president. But his testimony was more likely to reinforce rather than reshape hardened public opinions on the future of Trumps presidency and impeachment.
With his terse, one-word answers, and a sometimes stilted and halting manner, Mueller made clear his desire to avoid the partisan fray and the deep political divisions roiling Congress and the country.
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