Former special counsel Robert Mueller told Congress on Wednesday that lies told by Trump campaign officials and administration officials impeded his nearly two-year investigation.
Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) asked Mueller if other witnesses beyond those who were indicted during his probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election lied to his team of prosecutors.
“Did other witnesses lie to you?” asked Rep. Demings during the morning hearing of the House Judiciary Committee.
“I think there are probably a spectrum of witnesses in terms of those who are not telling the full truth or those who are outright liars,” Mueller replied.
Mueller noted that it was fair to say there were “limits” on the evidence he could access as a result.
Denings followed up by asking if it would be accurate to say that “lies by Trump campaign officials and administration officials impeded your investigation.”
“I would generally agree with that,” Mueller said.
Rep. Val Demings asks Mueller if lies from Trump officials "impeded your investigation"
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Mueller’s report stated that several Trump associates’ lies to the special counsel’s office and to Congress “impaired” the team’s efforts to probe Russia’s election interference.
“[T]he investigation established that several individuals affiliated with the Trump Campaign lied to the Office, and to Congress, about their interactions with Russian-affiliated individuals and related matters,” Mueller’s report said. “Those lies materially impaired the investigation of Russian election interference.”
“The Office charged some of those lies as violations of the federal false statements statute,” the report states, before citing instances of ex-Trump officials pleading guilty to making false statements to investigators.