House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) denied that having former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testify in front of the community was a mistake, although a poll shows a majority of Americans found it to be a waste of time.
During a Sunday interview with ABC’s “This Week,” Nadler was asked by host George Stephanopoulos on whether or not he believed it was a “mistake” to “force” the former special counsel testify in front of his committee.
Nadler said that he did not view having Mueller testify as a mistake and instead believed that his testimony was “very important” as it “broke the lie” being told by President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr.
“No. I think it was very important that he testify because he established very clearly — he broke the lie that the president and the attorney general have been saying to the American people for the last, I don’t know, seven or eight weeks.”
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Nadler went on to claim that Trump and Barr “misrepresented” Mueller’s report into Russian election interference and that it was “important” for the former special counsel to “get up there and say just that.”
“Since [Mueller’s] report was issued, the attorney general and the president misrepresented that report, lied to the American people about it,” said the House Judiciary chairman. “[They] said that the report found no collusion, no obstruction, and totally exonerated the president. All those three statements are lies. It was very important for Mueller to get up there and say just that.”
While the House Judiciary Chairman may not view Mueller’s testimony as a mistake, the majority of Americans sure did.
According to a new ABC poll, 60 percent of self-described independents viewed Mueller’s testimonies to the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees as a waste of time and taxpayer dollars. Less than two percent of Republicans saw value come out of Mueller’s testimonies.
Only four percent of Democrats, however, said it was a waste.