House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff would not say whether former special counsel Robert Mueller should have been fired Russia Investigations due to ‘cognitive decline’.
But in an interview promoting his new book and it, he recalled how horrified he was when Mueller began his testimony before Congress in July 2019.
‘The hearing began, and within minutes I knew something was wrong. Seriously wrong,’ Schiff wrote in his book Midnight in Washington: How we almost lost our democracy and still can, which was released on Tuesday.
‘I felt harsh. In more than a decade of talking with Mueller, I had never heard him groan for words. as of now [House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold] As Nadler continued to ask her questions, Mueller seemed sharply paused and uncertain,’ Schiff wrote.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff recalled how former special counsel Robert Mueller testified before Congress in July 2019 when Mueller’s performance was described in a new book as “stagnant” and “uncertain.” were frightened.
The California Democrat said that while Mueller was not able to directly answer questions about whether any White House officials had declined to be interviewed as part of a Russia investigation that would have looked into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Mr. so he became increasingly ‘anxious’. and examined ties to former President Donald Trump’s campaign.
Trump, of course, refused to sit for the interview.
Nadler’s question was almost rhetorical; Anyone could have answered this after the investigation,’ Schiff wrote. “The most senior White House official — President Trump — held Mueller’s team together for more than a year before refusing to speak with him.”
“I won seeing this and turned to my Democratic allies. Muller, this person I admired so much, was heartbroken to see the difficulty in answering some of the most basic questions,’ Schiff continued.
“But this was not the Bob Mueller I knew,” he wrote. ‘Two years had brought a significant change, and I suddenly understood not only his own reluctance to testify, but the protective instincts of his dedicated staff.
Schiff wrote in his new book, ‘It was heartbreaking to see Mueller, this man I greatly admired, having difficulty answering some of the most basic questions. Former special counsel Robert Mueller testifies before Congress about the Russia investigation in July 2019
Schiff wrote that if he had known, ‘I would not have pursued his testimony with such zeal – in fact, I would not pursue it at all.’
NPR. But in an interview on Sunday, Schiff was asked directly if Müller was experiencing ‘cognitive decline’.
Congressman from California did not respond directly to interviewer Michelle Martin, instead expressing that ‘this was one of the hardest parts for me to write in the book.’
He spoke of gathering with other members of the Intelligence Committee, which would interrogate Mueller in the second session after Nadler’s Judiciary Committee.
‘And the changes I made were a big blow,’ said Schiff, ‘he wasn’t the same guy I knew.’
Martin then asked if Mueller was “experiencing cognitive decline,” should he have been in charge of the Russia investigation.
‘I can’t answer that,’ Schiff said.
“But I immediately understood why his staff were so protective and why they were so reluctant to testify to him,” he continued.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller was investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and now Russian ties to the campaign of former President Donald Trump (pictured).
Schiff recalled how he immediately asked members of the Democratic Intelligence Committee to shorten the length of their questions so that it was easier for Mueller to answer.
‘And it was, it was painful. To be honest, it was painful. And if I had known I wouldn’t have pushed for his testimony,’ Schiff said.
Martin then asked why Schiff had no idea what the lawmakers would face.
Schiff said he believed it was a ‘real protective instinct’ among those around Mueller.
Schiff said, ‘It was difficult for him to tell.
‘Now we got some impression, as we negotiated the format of the hearing, that we were better off with shorter interrogations and so there were signs – but I didn’t know whether to believe some of the public rumors because the President Trump had an incentive to defame Bob Mueller and the people around him were defaming him in all sorts of false and horrific ways,’ Schiff said.