Democrats plot new plan to press Mueller on Trump’s alleged crimes

(CNN) democrats in the House of Representatives are preparing intensively a line of questions for Robert Mueller, confident that his testimony will change the perception of the public about the alleged criminal activity of the president described in the report of the special advocate, according to the advisory committee’s democrat.

As part of their strategy, Democrats plan to focus on five areas of Mueller’s report in which they believe the president clearly obstructed justice, including his efforts to dismiss the special attorney and to deal with witnesses such as his former campaign President, Paul Manafort. say.
Democrats also plan to pressure Mueller on the contacts with Russia and WikiLeaks detailed in the report, in the hope that Mueller’s testimony can combat the President’s constant “no collusion”.
The Furious work that led to Mueller’s appearance underscores how his testimony is expected to be the most anticipated congressional audience in decades, with the potential to reformulate public narrative and change the chamber’s course on political judgment.
Behind the scenes, preparations are intensifying for both Democrats and Republicans. Four sources familiar with the issue told CNN that the democrats on the Intelligence Committee and republicans on the Judiciary Committee have already held hearings simulated separately with assistants main interpreted to Mueller to help sharpen their questions before the public hearings consecutive Wednesday before the Judiciary Committees of intelligence.
The legislators are re-reading the report of Mueller and looking at their previous performances in the Congress, while the committee staff is working to divide the questions for the lawmakers in a way that will be logical for millions of viewers who probably have not read the report of 448 pages of Mueller . The Judiciary Committee, which will be the first next week, will address the volume two of the report, Mueller on obstructions, while the Intelligence Committee of the House of Representatives will continue with questions about the interference in the Russian elections detailed in volume one of the report.
Democrats understand that they have little time with Mueller and face major pitfalls, especially if their lines of questioning do not work or Mueller does not provide convincing testimony.
“I do not think that Mr Mueller, on the basis of everything I know about him, should expect a major deviation from the content of the report,” said Rep. David Cicilline, a Democrat from Rhode Island on the Judicial Committee. “I think the content of the report is so significant and so damning that when Mr Mueller gives them life and really tells the American people … it will have an impact.”
The Committees recognize Mueller as a reluctant witness and have stated that he has no intention of answering questions beyond the content of his report. The committee’s advisers said they planned to respect Mueller’s wishes, but pointed out that Congress is not subject to such limits. The advisers anticipate that the questions will go beyond what is written in the report, such as asking Mueller if certain detailed episodes would have been crimes if the president had not been involved, after Mueller said that his office followed the legal opinion of the Justice Department that an acting president cannot be charged .
Democrats on both committees are preparing a carefully adapted script to divide the questions among their members to try to present a cohesive narrative that illuminates the details, although there is a nervousness among some Democrats that their colleagues might omit the script.
“The risk is not to make the most of your time and be able to ask as many questions as possible,” said Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, an Illinois Democrat on the Intelligence Committee. “I hope it doesn’t turn into a lot of speeches, that would be a problem.”
Committee members say they are working with the committee to refine their questions, but several pointed out that, ultimately, they will still be in charge of their limited time with Mueller.
Rep. Steve Cohen, a Democrat from Tennessee, said he was working with the committee, but he also had his own questions. “There will be one or two questions that will be Steve Cohen and not the team,” he said.

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