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Democrats ‘Shocked’ By Mueller’s Lack Of Knowledge About His Own Investigation

By James Barrett

“I was beyond shocked.”

In a hearing described by many pundits as an optics “disaster” due to his “shaky,” “confused” and “sluggish” performance, Special Counsel Robert Mueller appeared to struggle to understand many of the questions posed by members of the Democrat-controlled House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday and expressed a lack of knowledge on key topics and passages in his own report. The hearing was egregious enough that even some Democrats have admitted they were “beyond shocked” with the hearing — particularly about how unfamiliar Mueller appears to have been with the investigation he was tasked with heading up.

While some were only willing to say so on the condition of anonymity, The Washington Post reports that many Democrats now feel it was a “mistake” to put their hope in Mueller to make their case for impeaching President Trump. One of the reasons is that he apparently was not as on top of the investigation as they had believed. One anonymous Democrat told the outlet, “I was beyond shocked,” by what the Post describes as his “occasional confusion and seeming unfamiliarity with details of the report.”

One pro-impeachment Democratic congressman who was willing to go on the record about the Mueller “mistake” told the Post after the Democratic House meeting that followed the hearing his party shouldn’t have relied on Mueller, whom the Post describes as “a 74-year-old reluctant witness who had made clear that he would not provide the blockbuster moment the party craved,” to make the public case for impeachment.

“We are not potted plants,” said Democratic Rep. Jared Huffman (CA), who is one of the 98 House Democrats who back moving forward with impeachment. “We can actually shape some of this public sentiment. We’re not powerless, and I just think we’ve got to get much more serious about doing that part of our job.”

Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ) also went on the record about his response to the Mueller hearing, admitting that the special counsel “looked tired” and that he “didn’t see anything amazing” in Wednesday’s hearing. Rep. Daniel Kildee (MI) had a similar response, telling the Post that he doesn’t see anything that “indicates this is a turning point.”

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