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Is the Mueller hearing important or a waste of time?

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is appearing before Congress on July 24 as a reluctant witness. Members of Congress have been attempting to get the special counsel to clarify and expand on his findings since his report was published. Mueller has consistently demurred, saying the report includes all pertinent information. However, members of Congress subpoenaed Mueller, forcing him to appear before both the House Judiciary and House Intelligence committees. Some say these hearings will provide not new information. Others say Mueller needs to share the information himself. What do you think?

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In a late-May press conference, Mueller told the public he would not be expanding on the findings included in his report. While he declined to make a determination on the president's guilt or innocence regarding accusations of obstruction of justice, Mueller said all the information needed for outside parties to make that determination was already in the report. Per the New Yorker

“There has been discussion about an appearance before Congress,” Mueller said, on May 29th, when he appeared at the Justice Department and read a prepared statement. “Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report. It contains our findings and analysis and the reasons for the decisions we made. We chose those words carefully, and the work speaks for itself. And the report is my testimony. I would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before Congress.”
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Many people believe, despite Mueller's reticence, that members of Congress can still find ways to question the special counsel and garner more clarity on the report. Per Wired

Mueller has already made clear that he’s not going to go beyond the four corners of the report, which is fine. That should be the committee’s strength, not a weakness. By sticking close to the report, you can precisely predict his answers. Congress needs frame questions around having Mueller go over the report's most important passages out loud. Something like this exchange should be in the first round Democrats ask him:
Question: “Mr. Mueller, President Trump and his backers have summarized your report by saying that it was a ‘complete and total exoneration—no collusion, no obstruction.’ Your report actually concluded otherwise. Can you read your fourth point on page two of volume two?”
Mueller’s answer: “If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, however, we are unable to reach that judgment. The evidence we obtained about the president’s actions and intent presents difficult issues that prevent us from conclusively determining that no criminal conduct occurred. Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him."
Ideal follow-up: “So you’re saying that this report would say so if you believed it exonerated the president—can you point me to the passage where the report exonerates him?”
Mueller’s answer (presumably): “There is no such passage. The report nowhere says it exonerates the president.”
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Rep. Adam Schiff, Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, told "Face the Nation" he believes most of the public have not read the report in full. By appearing before Congress, Mueller can share his findings directly with public.

"Since most Americans, you know, in their busy lives haven't had the opportunity to read that report — and it's a pretty dry, prosecutorial work product — we want Bob Mueller to bring it to life," Schiff said on "Face the Nation" Sunday. 
..."It's a pretty damning set of facts that involve a presidential campaign in a close race welcoming help from a hostile foreign power, not reporting it but eagerly embracing it, building it into their campaign strategy, lying about it to cover up, then obstructing an investigation into foreign interference again to try to cover up," Schiff said.
The California Democrat believes Mueller — who no longer works for the Justice Department — will be able to effectively describe these details contained in his nuanced report to lawmakers and the public during his two hearings on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
"Who better to bring them to life than the man who did the investigation himself?" Schiff said, referring to Mueller, who is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee in the morning and the House Intelligence Community in the afternoon.
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Despite the possible benefits of hearing Mueller's testimony, it is unlikely he will reveal any information that is not currently available in his report. Those chances were made even more slim when Justice Department officials went on the record urging Mueller not to share any further information about continuing investigations.

The Justice Department instructed former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III in a letter Monday not to answer a wide variety of questions about his investigation of the president and Russian interference in the 2016 election — a fresh indication of how difficult it may be to extract any new information or insights about the high-profile investigation when he testifies to Congress on Wednesday.
Associate Deputy Attorney General Bradley Weinsheimer said in Monday’s letter that he was responding to a request earlier this month from Mueller for guidance on how to handle questions “concerning privilege or other legal bars applicable to potential testimony in connection with” subpoenas for Mueller’s congressional testimony.
The letter also notes that Mueller had resisted testifying and that “the Department agrees with your stated position that your testimony should be unnecessary under the circumstances.”
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Is the Mueller hearing important or a waste of time?
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#NeedAMuellerHearing
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