‘The death rattle for impeachment’: Republicans take a victory lap after Mueller’s testimony misses Democrats’ expectations

Republicans took a victory lap after the former special counsel Robert Mueller’s appearance before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning.

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  • Since news of the hearing first emerged, it was billed as a high-stakes opportunity for congressional Democrats to bring Mueller’s report to life and drum up public support for impeaching President Donald Trump.
  • But the former FBI director was conspicuously tight-lipped throughout the course of his testimony, repeatedly telling lawmakers to refer to his report for answers to their questions. He also refused to read aloud portions from the report when asked to do so.
  • Republicans seized on Mueller’s dry performance as being “the death rattle for impeachment” for Democrats.
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WASHINGTON Republican lawmakers felt victorious after the former special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. In particular, they believe his decision to avoid delving into details of the special counsel report was a lackluster performance that should “close the book” on multiple inquiries into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Mueller did not provide the fireworks or captivating television many Democrats had hoped for , and it’s unclear whether the judiciary committee hearing will be successful in informing the American public.

But Mueller’s obstinate refusal to answer questions he instead repeatedly referred lawmakers to his report gave Republicans the impression that if Democrats hoped to gain momentum from the hearing, they’d be sorely disappointed.

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