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Reschenthaler questions Mueller, calls report process ‘un-American’

U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Peters, stuck closely to information that has been released regarding the investigation when questioning Robert Mueller during his testimony Wednesday in Washington.

He cited opposition by Janet Reno, attorney general under President Clinton, to publication of reports regarding charges that were not prosecuted.

Mueller said Reno’s position pre-dated current statutes that he was operating under.

Reschenthaler claimed Mueller left out “significant exculpatory evidence” that would have vindicated President Trump.

“I would disagree with you,” Mueller said. He did not deny that information may not have been included, saying, “You make a choice as to what you include.”

Reschenthaler said there was a simple choice of prosecuting or not prosecuting.

Mueller said, “Generally that is the case, although there are some things that are not done in the context of the president.”

Reschenthaler cited his legal knowledge from serving in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps and as a Western Pennsylvania magisterial district judge as he called Mueller’s publication of information “un-American,” saying it “flies in the face of American justice.”

Mueller, former special counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice, served as director of the FBI from 2001-13. He also served as U.S. Attorney in Northern California. While serving in the Marine Corps in the Vietnam War, he was awarded a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and two Navy Commendation Medals.

Reschenthaler’s questioning of Mueller wasn’t well received by all.


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AP | Alex Brandon
Former special counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on his report on Russian election interference on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, July 24, 2019, in Washington.
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