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The Justice Department on Monday told former special counsel Robert Mueller that he should limit his Wednesday testimony before Congress to the four corners of his public report on Russian interference.
“Any testimony must remain within the boundaries of your public report because matters within the scope of your investigation were covered by executive privilege, including information protected by law enforcement, deliberative process, attorney work product, and presidential communications privileges,” Associate Deputy Attorney General Bradley Weinsheimer wrote in a letter to Mueller that was obtained by The Hill.
The article goes on to state the following:
“These privileges would include discussion about investigative steps or decisions made during your investigation not otherwise described in the public version of your report,” Weinsheimer wrote.
“Consistent with standard practice, Department witnesses should decline to address potentially privileged matters, thus affording the Department the full opportunity at a later date to consider particular questions and possible accommodations that may fulfill the committees’ legitimate need for information while protecting Executive Branch confidentiality interests,” he added.
Robert Mueller, the former special counsel leading the Russia investigation, is testifying before the House this week.
And DOJ officials want him to limit what he says https://t.co/MtdcBv5ERj
— POLITICO (@politico) July 22, 2019
NEWS: DOJ has had extensive discussions with Mueller to epmhasize they expect him to limit his testimony to the content of his public report.
Mueller’s spokesman says he’ll do that “as much as that is possible.”
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) July 22, 2019
NEW from @elianayjohnson @AndrewDesiderio @kyledcheney: Justice Department officials have communicated to Mueller that the department expects him to limit his congressional testimony on Wednesday to only the public findings of his report. https://t.co/MEO6SWSKTe
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) July 22, 2019
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