Former special counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday testified that his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election was “not a witch hunt,” as the president has derisively labeled it.
The acknowledgment marked the first time Mueller has publicly refuted the president’s frequent “witch hunt” attacks against his probe.
House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) asked Mueller to confirm that Trump’s attacks were, in fact, false.
“And when Donald Trump called your investigation a witch hunt, that was also false was it not?” Schiff asked.
“Like to think so, yes,” Mueller replied.
“Well your investigation is not a witch hunt is it?” Schiff asked.
“It is not a witch hunt,” Mueller said.
“When the president said the Russian interference was a hoax, that was false wasn’t it?” Schiff continued.
“True,” Mueller concluded.
"When Donald Trump called your investigation a witch hunt, that was also false, was it not?"
— ABC News (@ABC) July 24, 2019
Trump has repeatedly railed against Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election repeatedly over the course of the roughly two-year probe as a “witch hunt” and a “hoax.
Trump took to Twitter before 7 a.m. on Wednesday to declare that he is the victim of the “Greatest Witch Hunt in U.S. history.”
In a tweet Tuesday night, Trump wrote, “What’s this all about? His lawyer represented the ‘basement server guy’ who got off free in the Crooked Hillary case. This should NOT be allowed. Rigged Witch Hunt!”