Mueller Rejects Trump’s Claims of 'Witch Hunt'
Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller appeared before the U.S. Congress Wednesday to answer lawmakers' questions about his investigation into Russian election interference.
During the day-long hearing, Mueller's answers included little beyond the findings included in his 448-page report. He said few words and repeatedly asked lawmakers to look to his report for the information they sought. CNN television estimated that Mueller chose not to answer questions from lawmakers at least 206 times.
The United States Department of Justice appointed Mueller to lead the investigation two years ago. The investigators found there were many contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia. But, it said, "...the evidence was not sufficient to support criminal charges."
The investigators also uncovered numerous attempts to interfere with law enforcement, a crime known as obstruction of justice.
On Wednesday, Mueller dismissed President Donald Trump's claim that he had been exonerated from obstruction of justice.
He also described Russia's election interference as one of the most serious "challenges" to the United States' democracy. He said the issue "deserves the attention of every American."
And, he rejected the president's statements that his investigation had been a "witch hunt."
Early Wednesday, Mueller appeared before the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives. He answered one lawmaker's question on possible obstruction of justice by saying, "the president was not exculpated for the acts that he allegedly committed." Exculpate means to show that someone is not guilty or at fault.
Mueller also stated that a president could be charged with a crime after leaving office.
Representative Ted Lieu, a Democrat from California asked Mueller if he did not formally charge Trump because of a legal opinion that a sitting president cannot be charged with a federal crime. Mueller answered, "That is correct."
The former special counsel, however, used his opening statement at the second hearing Wednesday to correct that answer. He said, "We did not reach a determination as to whether the President committed a crime." The second hearing was before the House Intelligence Committee.
Mueller criticized Trump's support of WikiLeaks, which released emails stolen from the campaign of Hillary Clinton, Trump's opponent in 2016. He said the support was "problematic" and gave hope to what he called "illegal activity."
When asked why the investigation did not ask for Trump to answer questions in person, Mueller said, "we had little success in pushing to get the interview of the President." He said his team did not want to extend the investigation. He and his team also believed that Trump would fight their request. Instead, the president provided written answers to the investigation, which Mueller agreed were "inadequate and incomplete."
Wednesday's testimony was only the second time that Mueller publicly discussed his office's two-year investigation.
After the hearings ended, Trump spoke with reporters. He again described the Mueller investigation as a "hoax" and a "witch hunt." He also said the White House had had a "very good day."
I'm Jonathan Evans.
1.illegal activity 非法活动
This business is a cover for illegal activity.
2.be known as 被称为
She is known as a great beauty.
3.witch hunt 猎巫
Liberals fought the noble fight against that witch hunt.
4.at least 至少
Whatever you love him, at least he in your heart!
5.The investigators also uncovered numerous attempts to interfere with law enforcement, a crime known as obstruction of justice.
interfere with 干涉
No liquids are served with meals because they interfere with digestion.
Smoking and drinking interfere with your body's ability to process oxygen.
6.Mueller also stated that a president could be charged with a crime after leaving office.
leaving office 离职；下台
Since leaving office I have visited many times.
Since leaving office, Carter has come to see me twice.
在为期一天的听证会上，穆勒回的答内容几乎涵盖了其撰写的448页报告的调查结论 。他很少开口，并一再要求议员们从报告里获取他们想要的信息 。美国有线电视新闻（CNN）估计，穆勒至少206次选择回避议员的问题 。
美国司法部两年前任命穆勒领导这项调查 。调查人员发现特朗普竞选团队和俄罗斯之间有过多次接触 。但是调查报告称：“现有证据不足以发起刑事指控 。”
穆勒还称，俄罗斯干扰选举是美国民主面临的最严重的“挑战”之一 。他说，这个问题“应该引起每个美国人的注意 。”
周三早些时候，穆勒在众议院司法委员会作证 。他在某议员就特朗普可能妨碍司法公正提问时回应：“对于总统所面临的指控（妨碍司法公正）他并非无罪 。” Exculpate意思是指证实某人无罪或没有过错 。
加州民主党议员刘云平提问穆勒，他没有正式起诉特朗普，是否是因为美国法律主张现任总统不能被控联邦犯罪 。穆勒回答说：“没错 。”
然而，这位前特别检查官在周三举行的第二场听证会的开场时纠正了这个答复 。他说：“我们在总统是否犯罪的问题上没有做出决定 。”第二场听证会是在众议院情报委员会举行 。
穆勒批评了特朗普支持维基解密，该网站发布了从特朗普2016年竞选对手克林顿的竞选委员会窃取的电子邮件 。他说，这种支持是“有问题的”，并给他所谓的“非法活动”带来了希望 。
当被问到调查为什么没有要求特朗普本人回复时，穆勒表示：“我们在争取总统接受当面质询上受到多次阻碍 。”他说，他的调查团队不想延长调查时间 。他和他的团队也相信，特朗普本人会反对他们的要求 。特朗普总统以书面的形式回应了这项调查，穆勒认为这些回复“不充分、不完整 。”
听证会结束后，特朗普接受了记者的采访 。他再次称穆勒的调查是“骗局”和“猎巫” 。他还称白宫度过了“愉快的一天 。”