Courtesy of CNN:
Robert Mueller will have a prepared opening statement for his much-anticipated congressional hearing on Wednesday that has not been seen by the Justice Department, according to a spokesman for the former special counsel.
The statement, which will likely not be released until Mueller starts his testimony, did not have to be cleared through the Department of Justice and no officials from the department, including Attorney General William Barr, have seen the document, the spokesman said.
While the spokesman won’t comment on how much or how long Mueller has been preparing, but would confirm that Wilmer Hale — a Washington, DC law firm — has allowed Mueller and “a small group of folks who worked with him at the special counsel’s office” to use some unoccupied office space for the purposes of preparation.
“If you look at him and his career, he is someone who comes to the table fully prepared and he’s going to be ready on Wednesday,” the spokesman said.
All of the people preparing Mueller have spent the last two years working with him at the special counsel’s office investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. The individuals helping Mueller prepare are some of the top people from that office, though their names haven’t yet been released.
In response to this uncertainty about what Mueller might say the DOJ has warned him to keep his testimony short.
Courtesy of Politico:
Justice Department officials have communicated to Robert Mueller that the department expects him to limit his congressional testimony this week to the public findings of his 448-page report, according to one current and one former U.S. official familiar with the preparations.
In extensive discussions since the former special counsel was subpoenaed on June 25 to testify, department officials have emphasized that they consider any evidence he gathered throughout the course of his investigation to be “presumptively privileged” and shielded from public disclosure.
The Justice Department is “taking the position that anything outside the written pages of the report are things about which presidential privilege hasn’t been waived,” the former U.S. official said.
That’s bullshit since they know that Mueller is only going to testify to factual information and that he will avoid talking about anything classified.
Besides, I seriously doubt that presidential privilege extends to possible obstruction or criminal behavior by a sitting president.
I know that Mueller is a by the book kind of guy and will likely stick pretty close to the report.
And yet part of me is really hoping that he will just say fuck it and start going off on how his report was misrepresented and that of course he found evidence of collusion that is spelled out in the report and then demand to know why hasn’t Congress impeached his ass already?
Yeah, I know, that it just a fantasy.
But still, on some level Mueller has to realize that the old rules simply do not count anymore, and that if he does not want all of his hard work to be swept under the carpet he needs to break a few dishes and piss in the punchbowl a little.
Trump is counting on him to be a good little boy scout.
The country needs more than that from him.