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Highlights from the Mueller testimony

Former U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified on Wednesday to the U.S. House of Representatives about his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and any possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump.

Rather than answer some questioners, Mueller often referred them to his report on the investigation or declined to answer. At one point, he had to correct himself after saying he would have sought to indict Trump if not for a Justice Department policy against charging a sitting president, saying his investigation did not determine whether the president had committed a crime.

Below are highlights from Mueller's testimony to the first hearing before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, followed by later testimony to the House intelligence panel.

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Former U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified on Wednesday to the U.S. House of Representatives about his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and any possible obstruction of justice by President Donald...more

Former U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified on Wednesday to the U.S. House of Representatives about his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and any possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump. Rather than answer some questioners, Mueller often referred them to his report on the investigation or declined to answer. At one point, he had to correct himself after saying he would have sought to indict Trump if not for a Justice Department policy against charging a sitting president, saying his investigation did not determine whether the president had committed a crime. Below are highlights from Mueller's testimony to the first hearing before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, followed by later testimony to the House intelligence panel. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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OPENING STATEMENT: "During the course of our investigation, we charged more than 30 defendants with committing federal crimes, including 12 officers of the Russian military. Seven defendants have been convicted or pled guilty." 

Pictured: Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives for arraignment on a third superseding indictment against him by Mueller on charges of witness tampering, at U.S. District Court in Washington, June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

OPENING STATEMENT: "During the course of our investigation, we charged more than 30 defendants with committing federal crimes, including 12 officers of the Russian military. Seven defendants have been convicted or pled guilty." Pictured: Former...more

OPENING STATEMENT: "During the course of our investigation, we charged more than 30 defendants with committing federal crimes, including 12 officers of the Russian military. Seven defendants have been convicted or pled guilty." Pictured: Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort arrives for arraignment on a third superseding indictment against him by Mueller on charges of witness tampering, at U.S. District Court in Washington, June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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OPENING STATEMENT: "First, our investigation found that the Russian government interfered in our election in sweeping and systematic fashion." 

Pictured: A view shows the Kremlin wall, with the Moscow International Business Center also known as "Moskva-City" seen in the background, in Moscow, Russia, February 27, 2016. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

OPENING STATEMENT: "First, our investigation found that the Russian government interfered in our election in sweeping and systematic fashion." Pictured: A view shows the Kremlin wall, with the Moscow International Business Center also known as...more

OPENING STATEMENT: "First, our investigation found that the Russian government interfered in our election in sweeping and systematic fashion." Pictured: A view shows the Kremlin wall, with the Moscow International Business Center also known as "Moskva-City" seen in the background, in Moscow, Russia, February 27, 2016. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor
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OPENING STATEMENT: "Second, the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government in its election interference activities. We did not address 'collusion,' which is not a legal term. Rather, we focused on whether the evidence was sufficient to charge any member of the campaign with taking part in a criminal conspiracy. It was not."

Pictured: President Trump speaks in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

OPENING STATEMENT: "Second, the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government in its election interference activities. We did not address 'collusion,' which is not a legal term. Rather, we...more

OPENING STATEMENT: "Second, the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government in its election interference activities. We did not address 'collusion,' which is not a legal term. Rather, we focused on whether the evidence was sufficient to charge any member of the campaign with taking part in a criminal conspiracy. It was not." Pictured: President Trump speaks in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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OPENING STATEMENT: "Third, our investigation of efforts to obstruct the investigation and lie to investigators was of critical importance. Finally ... we investigated a series of actions by the president towards the investigation. Based on Justice Department policy and principles of fairness, we decided we would not make a determination as to whether the president committed a crime. That was our decision then and it remains our decision today."

Pictured: Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

OPENING STATEMENT: "Third, our investigation of efforts to obstruct the investigation and lie to investigators was of critical importance. Finally ... we investigated a series of actions by the president towards the investigation. Based on Justice...more

OPENING STATEMENT: "Third, our investigation of efforts to obstruct the investigation and lie to investigators was of critical importance. Finally ... we investigated a series of actions by the president towards the investigation. Based on Justice Department policy and principles of fairness, we decided we would not make a determination as to whether the president committed a crime. That was our decision then and it remains our decision today." Pictured: Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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OPENING STATEMENT: "I do not intend to summarize or describe the results of our work in a different way in the course of my testimony today. As I said on May 29: The report is my testimony."

Pictured: Redacted pages of Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election are seen in a photo illustration April 18, 2019. Reuters Graphics via REUTERS/Illustration

OPENING STATEMENT: "I do not intend to summarize or describe the results of our work in a different way in the course of my testimony today. As I said on May 29: The report is my testimony." Pictured: Redacted pages of Mueller's report on Russian...more

OPENING STATEMENT: "I do not intend to summarize or describe the results of our work in a different way in the course of my testimony today. As I said on May 29: The report is my testimony." Pictured: Redacted pages of Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election are seen in a photo illustration April 18, 2019. Reuters Graphics via REUTERS/Illustration
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INDICTING A PRESIDENT: Democratic Representative Ted Lieu asked if the reason Mueller did not indict Trump was the Justice Department's long-standing policy against charging a sitting president. Mueller replied: "That is correct," but in his appearance before the House Intelligence Committee later, he corrected himself. "We did not reach a determination as to whether the president committed a crime," he said.

Pictured: President Trump in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 12, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

INDICTING A PRESIDENT: Democratic Representative Ted Lieu asked if the reason Mueller did not indict Trump was the Justice Department's long-standing policy against charging a sitting president. Mueller replied: "That is correct," but in his...more

INDICTING A PRESIDENT: Democratic Representative Ted Lieu asked if the reason Mueller did not indict Trump was the Justice Department's long-standing policy against charging a sitting president. Mueller replied: "That is correct," but in his appearance before the House Intelligence Committee later, he corrected himself. "We did not reach a determination as to whether the president committed a crime," he said. Pictured: President Trump in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 12, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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ON TRUMP: Asked whether the report exonerated Trump on the question of obstruction of justice, Mueller said: "That is not what the report said. The president was not exculpated for the acts that he allegedly committed."

Pictured: President Trump talks to reporters as he departs for travel from the White House in Washington, July 19, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

ON TRUMP: Asked whether the report exonerated Trump on the question of obstruction of justice, Mueller said: "That is not what the report said. The president was not exculpated for the acts that he allegedly committed." Pictured: President Trump...more

ON TRUMP: Asked whether the report exonerated Trump on the question of obstruction of justice, Mueller said: "That is not what the report said. The president was not exculpated for the acts that he allegedly committed." Pictured: President Trump talks to reporters as he departs for travel from the White House in Washington, July 19, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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ON TRUMP: Asked if Trump wanted Mueller fired for investigating possible obstruction of justice: "That's what it says in the report, yes." 

Pictured: Members of the audience listen as Mueller testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

ON TRUMP: Asked if Trump wanted Mueller fired for investigating possible obstruction of justice: "That's what it says in the report, yes." Pictured: Members of the audience listen as Mueller testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on...more

ON TRUMP: Asked if Trump wanted Mueller fired for investigating possible obstruction of justice: "That's what it says in the report, yes." Pictured: Members of the audience listen as Mueller testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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ON TRUMP: Asked if the president could be prosecuted for obstruction of justice after he leaves office, Mueller said: "True."

Pictured: Mueller stands before the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

ON TRUMP: Asked if the president could be prosecuted for obstruction of justice after he leaves office, Mueller said: "True." Pictured: Mueller stands before the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2019....more

ON TRUMP: Asked if the president could be prosecuted for obstruction of justice after he leaves office, Mueller said: "True." Pictured: Mueller stands before the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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LIARS: Democratic Representative Val Demings mentioned people who were charged with lying to Mueller's investigators and asked if there were lying witnesses who had not been indicted. "I think there's probably a spectrum of witnesses in terms of those who are not telling the full truth and those who are outright liars," he said.

Pictured: Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller refers to documents as he testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

LIARS: Democratic Representative Val Demings mentioned people who were charged with lying to Mueller's investigators and asked if there were lying witnesses who had not been indicted. "I think there's probably a spectrum of witnesses in terms of...more

LIARS: Democratic Representative Val Demings mentioned people who were charged with lying to Mueller's investigators and asked if there were lying witnesses who had not been indicted. "I think there's probably a spectrum of witnesses in terms of those who are not telling the full truth and those who are outright liars," he said. Pictured: Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller refers to documents as he testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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LIARS: When Demings asked if lies by Trump campaign and administration officials had hindered his work, Mueller said: "I would generally agree with that."

Pictured: The White House is seen after Mueller handed in his report to Attorney General William Barr in Washington, March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

LIARS: When Demings asked if lies by Trump campaign and administration officials had hindered his work, Mueller said: "I would generally agree with that." Pictured: The White House is seen after Mueller handed in his report to Attorney General...more

LIARS: When Demings asked if lies by Trump campaign and administration officials had hindered his work, Mueller said: "I would generally agree with that." Pictured: The White House is seen after Mueller handed in his report to Attorney General William Barr in Washington, March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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ON THE STEELE DOSSIER: In his opening statement, Mueller said he could not discuss the opening of the FBI's investigation into Russia or the so-called Steele dossier. "This is under investigation elsewhere in the Justice Department and consequently it is not within my purview ... others are investigating," he later told lawmakers.

Pictured: Mueller testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

ON THE STEELE DOSSIER: In his opening statement, Mueller said he could not discuss the opening of the FBI's investigation into Russia or the so-called Steele dossier. "This is under investigation elsewhere in the Justice Department and consequently...more

ON THE STEELE DOSSIER: In his opening statement, Mueller said he could not discuss the opening of the FBI's investigation into Russia or the so-called Steele dossier. "This is under investigation elsewhere in the Justice Department and consequently it is not within my purview ... others are investigating," he later told lawmakers. Pictured: Mueller testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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ON THE STEELE DOSSIER: The dossier by Christopher Steele, a former British spy, was made public in 2017 and alleged that Moscow attempted to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and that there was potential collusion between Russia and Trump's campaign, along with other unverified and salacious claims about the president. Trump has described it as "bogus."

Pictured: People stand outside the building housing the offices of Orbis Business Intelligence (C) where Christopher Steele works, in central London, Britain, January 12, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

ON THE STEELE DOSSIER: The dossier by Christopher Steele, a former British spy, was made public in 2017 and alleged that Moscow attempted to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and that there was potential collusion between Russia and Trump's...more

ON THE STEELE DOSSIER: The dossier by Christopher Steele, a former British spy, was made public in 2017 and alleged that Moscow attempted to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and that there was potential collusion between Russia and Trump's campaign, along with other unverified and salacious claims about the president. Trump has described it as "bogus." Pictured: People stand outside the building housing the offices of Orbis Business Intelligence (C) where Christopher Steele works, in central London, Britain, January 12, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
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NATURE OF THE INVESTIGATION: Republican Representative Ken Buck said Mueller's list of incidents that could be obstruction of justice was an attempt to throw "a bunch of stuff against the wall to see what would stick." "I would not agree to that characterization at all," Mueller responded.

Pictured: Mueller testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

NATURE OF THE INVESTIGATION: Republican Representative Ken Buck said Mueller's list of incidents that could be obstruction of justice was an attempt to throw "a bunch of stuff against the wall to see what would stick." "I would not agree to that...more

NATURE OF THE INVESTIGATION: Republican Representative Ken Buck said Mueller's list of incidents that could be obstruction of justice was an attempt to throw "a bunch of stuff against the wall to see what would stick." "I would not agree to that characterization at all," Mueller responded. Pictured: Mueller testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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DEFINE OBSTRUCTION: Democratic Representative Hakeem Jeffries said that in ordering Don McGahn, then the White House counsel, to fire Mueller and then lie about it, Trump had "committed an obstructive act," connected it to an official proceeding and "did so with corrupt intent," which constituted obstruction of justice. Mueller responded: "Let me just say ... I don't subscribe necessarily to the way you analyze that. I'm not saying it's out of the ballpark. But I'm not supportive of that analytical charge."

Pictured: Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) arrives ahead of Mueller testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

DEFINE OBSTRUCTION: Democratic Representative Hakeem Jeffries said that in ordering Don McGahn, then the White House counsel, to fire Mueller and then lie about it, Trump had "committed an obstructive act," connected it to an official proceeding and...more

DEFINE OBSTRUCTION: Democratic Representative Hakeem Jeffries said that in ordering Don McGahn, then the White House counsel, to fire Mueller and then lie about it, Trump had "committed an obstructive act," connected it to an official proceeding and "did so with corrupt intent," which constituted obstruction of justice. Mueller responded: "Let me just say ... I don't subscribe necessarily to the way you analyze that. I'm not saying it's out of the ballpark. But I'm not supportive of that analytical charge." Pictured: Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) arrives ahead of Mueller testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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ABOUT THE MAKEUP OF HIS STAFF: "We strove to hire those individuals that could do the job," Mueller said. "What I care about is the capability of the individual to do the job and do the job quickly and seriously and with integrity."

Pictured: Mueller confers with his acting counsel Aaron Zebley, longtime aide to Mueller at the FBI, as he testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

ABOUT THE MAKEUP OF HIS STAFF: "We strove to hire those individuals that could do the job," Mueller said. "What I care about is the capability of the individual to do the job and do the job quickly and seriously and with integrity." Pictured:...more

ABOUT THE MAKEUP OF HIS STAFF: "We strove to hire those individuals that could do the job," Mueller said. "What I care about is the capability of the individual to do the job and do the job quickly and seriously and with integrity." Pictured: Mueller confers with his acting counsel Aaron Zebley, longtime aide to Mueller at the FBI, as he testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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APPROACH BY RUSSIA: Democratic Representative Terri Sewell brought up a 2016 meeting Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and campaign officials had with a Russian lawyer they had been told could furnish information about Democratic presidential opponent Hillary Clinton. She asked Mueller whether a campaign should notify the FBI after being approached by a foreign government. "I would think that is something they would and should do," he said.

Pictured: Mueller testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

APPROACH BY RUSSIA: Democratic Representative Terri Sewell brought up a 2016 meeting Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and campaign officials had with a Russian lawyer they had been told could furnish information about Democratic presidential...more

APPROACH BY RUSSIA: Democratic Representative Terri Sewell brought up a 2016 meeting Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and campaign officials had with a Russian lawyer they had been told could furnish information about Democratic presidential opponent Hillary Clinton. She asked Mueller whether a campaign should notify the FBI after being approached by a foreign government. "I would think that is something they would and should do," he said. Pictured: Mueller testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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WIKILEAKS: Asked about Trump's comments on WikiLeaks, including "I love WikiLeaks," after it released emails stolen from the Clinton campaign, Mueller said: "'Problematic' is an understatement in terms of what it displays in terms of giving some ... hope or some boost to what is or should be illegal activity." 

Pictured: President Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, August 2, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

WIKILEAKS: Asked about Trump's comments on WikiLeaks, including "I love WikiLeaks," after it released emails stolen from the Clinton campaign, Mueller said: "'Problematic' is an understatement in terms of what it displays in terms of giving some ......more

WIKILEAKS: Asked about Trump's comments on WikiLeaks, including "I love WikiLeaks," after it released emails stolen from the Clinton campaign, Mueller said: "'Problematic' is an understatement in terms of what it displays in terms of giving some ... hope or some boost to what is or should be illegal activity." Pictured: President Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, August 2, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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WIKILEAKS: As for communication between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks, Mueller said, "Disturbing and also subject to investigation."

Pictured: Donald Trump Jr., arrives for an interview before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 12, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

WIKILEAKS: As for communication between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks, Mueller said, "Disturbing and also subject to investigation." Pictured: Donald Trump Jr., arrives for an interview before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in...more

WIKILEAKS: As for communication between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks, Mueller said, "Disturbing and also subject to investigation." Pictured: Donald Trump Jr., arrives for an interview before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 12, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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SUBPOENAING TRUMP: Trump gave investigators answers to written questions but Mueller said a face-to-face interview would have been preferred. After a year of negotiations, he said he chose not to subpoena Trump because the administration's anticipated court battle would have caused a substantial delay. Mueller was asked if Trump's written answers were inadequate, incomplete and "showed that he wasn't always being truthful." He replied: "There, uh, I would say, uh, generally."

Pictured: President Trump boards Air Force One as he departs for travel to Greenville, North Carolina at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, July 17, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

SUBPOENAING TRUMP: Trump gave investigators answers to written questions but Mueller said a face-to-face interview would have been preferred. After a year of negotiations, he said he chose not to subpoena Trump because the administration's...more

SUBPOENAING TRUMP: Trump gave investigators answers to written questions but Mueller said a face-to-face interview would have been preferred. After a year of negotiations, he said he chose not to subpoena Trump because the administration's anticipated court battle would have caused a substantial delay. Mueller was asked if Trump's written answers were inadequate, incomplete and "showed that he wasn't always being truthful." He replied: "There, uh, I would say, uh, generally." Pictured: President Trump boards Air Force One as he departs for travel to Greenville, North Carolina at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, July 17, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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