Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) grilled Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday during a House Judiciary Committee hearing over Mueller’s Russia report, noting that Mueller was not consistent with statements that he was making and what his report said.
Mueller claimed that the terms “collusion” and “conspiracy” were not synonymous, yet, in his report, Mueller stated that “even as defined in legal dictionaries, collusion is largely synonymous with conspiracy as that crime is set forth in the general federal conspiracy 18 U.S.C. § 371.”
During the hearing, Mueller acknowledged that his investigation did not find sufficient evidence to connect the Trump campaign to Russian attempts to interfere with the election.
“Is it true the evidence gathered during your investigation did not establish that the president was involved in the underlying crime related to Russian election interference?” Rep. Collins asked.
“We found insufficient evidence of the president’s culpability,” Mueller responded.
Mueller also made clear that his investigation was in no way impeded by the Trump administration.
“At any time during the investigation, was your investigation curtailed or stopped or hindered?” Collins asked.
“No,” Mueller responded.
Full exchange between Collins and Mueller: