Mueller Says He Attended 'Very Few' of the 500 Witness Interviews

By Susan Jones | July 24, 2019 | 10:43am EDT
Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller arrives for his hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on July 24, 2019. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

( - Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified on Wednesday that no individual member of his team, including him, looked at all of the underlying evidence in the Trump-Russia investigation.

And as it turns out, Mueller attended "very few" of the witness interviews:

"How many of the approximately 500 interviews conducted by the special counsel did you attend personally?" Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.) asked Mueller:

"Very few," he said.

Roby also asked Mueller about the letter he wrote to Attorney General William Barr, complaining about media coverage of Barr's summary of the Mueller report:

"On March 27, 2019 you wrote a letter to the attorney general essentially complaining about the media coverage of your report," Roby said.

“You wrote, and I quote, 'The summary letter the Department sent to Congress and released to the public late in the afternoon of March 24 did not fully capture the context, nature and substance of this office's work and conclusions. We communicated that concern to the Department on the morning of March 25th. There is now public confusion about critical aspects of the result of our investigation.'

"Who wrote that March 27th letter?" Roby asked.

"Well, I -- I can't get into who wrote the -- internal deliberations," Mueller started to say.

"You signed it," Roby noted.

"What I will say is the letter stands for itself," Mueller said.

Roby asked him, "Why did you write a formal letter since you had already called the attorney general to express those concerns?"

"Can't get into that, internal deliberations," Mueller said.

"Did you authorize the letter's release to the media or was it leaked?" Roby asked.

"I have no knowledge on either," Mueller said.

"Well, you went nearly two years without a leak. Why was this letter leaked?" Roby asked again.

"Well, I can't get into it," Mueller said.

"Was this letter written and leaked for the express purpose of attempting to change the narrative about the conclusions of your report, and was anything in Attorney General Barr's letter referred to as principal conclusions … inaccurate?"

"I am not going to get into that," Mueller said.

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