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happening now. breaking news. awaiting conclusions. bill barr is deciding what to share with congress and the american people. we are standing by for details that could come at any time. pins and needles. president trump is at his resort in florida surrounded by lawyers as they wait with the rest of us to learn what mueller found. are claims of vindication premature? house democrats are start sweeping investigations to president trump. and silent bob. he has kept silent throughout relentless commentary and criticism of work. i am wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." we are following breaking news. the attorney general william barr and deputy rod rosenstein are hold up at the justice department in washington now. combing through one of the most anticipated reports in recent memory. special counsel robert mueller's findings in the investigation of russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in the united states. barr has promised to share what
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he calls principal conclusions of mueller's report with congress, possibly as soon as today, with the announcement there will be no more indictments in the case, some members of president trump's team are already claiming vindication. but the president himself still faces multiple investigations by both congress and other federal prosecutors. i will talk about the breaking news with congressman steve cohen of the judiciary committee and our correspondents, analysts and specialists are standing by. let's get the latest on breaking news. sara murray is joining us. congress and the american people are waiting to hear what the attorney general will reveal. >> that's right, wolf. a very busy weekend for the attorney general. it really began yesterday when we started to see prosecutors from robert mueller's office leaving unusually early, very soon after that, the attorney general notified congress and the rest of the congress that robert mueller was done with nearly two years of work.
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now we wait to see his conclusions. william barr announcing the end of the robert mueller investigation in a one page statement friday evening. barr wrote to leaders of the house and senate judiciary committees that he is reviewing mueller's report and i may be in a position to advise you of the special counsel's principal conclusions as soon as this weekend. a justice department official tells cnn those conclusions are expected to be made public. a senior justice department official added there will be no further indictments from the special counsel. in a major victory, mueller ended the probe without interviewing trump. the president answered only written questions on russian collusion, none about obstruction of justice. in the hours before mueller officially ended his work, trump continued railing against the russia probe. >> there was no collusion, there was no obstruction. everybody knows it, it is all a big hoax. i call it the witch hunt. it is a big hoax.
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>> friday, sarah sanders tweeted a muted response. the next steps are up to attorney general barr and look forward to the process taking its course. the white house hasn't received or been briefed on the special counsel report. while the normal investigation is over, speculation on what it found is just beginning. barr told congressional leaders there were no such instances during the special counsel investigation in which mueller's proposed actions were overruled by leaders at the justice department. barr plans to consult with attorney general rod rosenstein and mueller to determine how much of mueller's confidential report can be released publicly and to congress. >> all i can say now is my goal and intent is to get as much information out as i can, consistent with the regulation. >> but democrats demanded the report be made public in its entirety. >> now that special counsel mueller submitted his report to the attorney general, it is imperative for mr. barr to make the full report public and provide its underlying documentation and findings to
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congress. >> trust but we have to verify. so we will ultimately see the full report because the president is outnumbered. we have now the subpoena power. >> since appointed in may of 2017, mueller remained silent, out of the public eye. >> the defendants allegedly conducted what they called information warfare against the united states. >> mueller's investigation has lead to charges against 37 defendants and netted 7 guilty pleas and one conviction at trial. trump's long time political adviser roger stone set to go to trial in november for lying to congress. also among those charged, 26 russians and 3 russian entities, many of whom mueller said worked to manipulate social media and hacked democrats to benefit trump in the 2016 election. mueller's probe also swept up several key trump allies and confidants, including paul manafort, campaign chairman, his national security adviser michael flynn, and his personal lawyer and fixer, michael cohen. >> i am ashamed of my own
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failings. >> but mueller never brought charges for clueding with tollu. it remains to be seen if he found evidence of collusion or corruption in the report delivered to the attorney general. i'm sure the white house is breathing a sigh of relief. week say the president will say no obstruction, no collusion, but they uncovered 16 trump aso associates that had contact with russians. they were offering dirt on hillary clinton, instead of contacting the fbi like you would in a normal campaign, the team took that meeting instead and over and over again lied about contacts. that's part of what set the investigation off in the beginning, and obviously that will be part of the report that we eventually see, whatever parts we see from robert mueller and attorney general william barr. >> expecting principal conclusions that robert mueller prepared to be released as early as today.
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we're standing by for that. thanks very much, sara, for that report. let's get more from the justice department. jessica snyder is on the scene. we saw the attorney general arrive where you are awhile ago, rod rosenstein, deputy attorney general also there. what are you learning about what's going on and when we'll see the so-called principal conclusions? >> reporter: wolf, we know the attorney general is here at the justice department, hard at work, reviewing the confidential report from robert mueller. we saw the attorney general come to the complex at the doj before 10:00 a.m. he was followed closely behind by rod rosenstein, so they're both in the building, and the attorney general reviewing the report. we know the attorney general will be acting perhaps swiftly here. we know he received the report around 4:00 yesterday, reviewed it for several hours yesterday, and has continued into this morning. it will likely go through this morning into this afternoon, but as the attorney general issued
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the letter to congress, the congressional leaders saying that he could issue his conclusion to congress as soon as this weekend, and we know that whatever he releases to congress as soon as this weekend, it will also be made public, according to a justice department official. but of course as part of this process, the attorney general is rating the confidential report and he will consult with rod rosenstein and will consult with special counsel robert mueller. robert mueller is still technically special counsel, though we know he will be wrapping up his service in the next few days here. attorney general bill barr in this building right now reviewing this report. he will then write to congress, could be as soon as this weekend and it will be made public, wolf. >> will it be made public as he delivers it to congress as he
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did yesterday when they released bill barr's letter to the congressional leadership over there? they simultaneously released it to you and the press. will they do the same as far as we know today? >> reporter: it is quite possible. it was within minutes that attorney general bill barr issued that letter to congress, then we got it publicly in the prints after. bill barr has been clear, he wants this process transparent as possible. it is possible that as soon as he issues conclusions in writing to congress, we could see it publicly. so far that's how he operated. it is possible that's how he could operate when he reaches his conclusion. >> that's why we're reporting this today. we are anticipating it coming, it could be very significant. i assume it will be. we saw president trump outside his mar-a-lago resort in south florida. he and his lawyers are watching all of this unfold as we are. national correspondent suzanne
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malveaux is on the scenario for us. suzanne, what is the president doing as the attorney general reviews the report? >> reporter: wolf, it might look like everything is business as usual, normal weekend, but it is anything but. we did see the president arrive just after 9:00 this morning at his international golf resort. we saw through the windows he was reading a newspaper, ostensibly to follow the headlines and how it is developing. normally he is here just with his family and friends for low key type of weekend, but as you mention he is here with a legal team, full compliment of strategists, two press secretarys. one of the strategists, his job is how to respond to the report. we saw the president and emmet flood at mar-a-lago, and saw the president as a gop fund-raiser. he didn't mention the mueller report but introduced what he called his real friend, being senator lindsey graham, who took
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to the mike and really lit in talking about how one of the documents integral in the investigation was simply ill legitimate document, and mentioned hillary clinton as classified information, saying there was unequal treatment between the hillary clinton and trump campaign. the audience erupted in a lock her up, lock her up chant. you get a sense of the various responses, aggressive defense of the president. the president now in wait and see mode. he himself as recently as yesterday again trying to paint this as a hoax and witch hunt. >> thank you very much. house democrats are demanding the mueller report be made public and want to see all of the information mueller gathered in the nearly two year investigation. our congressional correspondent
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sunlen serfaty joins us. they're having a conference call in a few hours to discuss the next steps? >> reporter: that's right. house democrats are getting ready now, they're going to convene on conference call for all house democrats at 3:00 p.m. eastern time, that's essentially to check in with leaders, check in with heads of powerful committees, preparing not only to potentially receive new information from the attorney general as early as today but also preparing to wage what many expect will be a long, intense battle ahead as they fight for release of the full mueller report. certainly we have heard that from democrats since yesterday that they're being very aggressive in pushing not only for full release of the mueller report but also supporting evidence, the underlying documents and information that mueller used in his own investigation. the chairman in the house judiciary committee jerry nadler saying we look forward to getting the full mueller report and related materials,
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transparency and public interest demand nothing less than the need for public faith and the rule of law must be the priority. we are hearing that from house republicans, the ranking member, doug collins called for the entire report to be made public as well. there certainly will be calls for the attorney general, bill barr and robert mueller to potentially testify here on capitol hill. at this moment, i think it is very fair to say everyone is stuck in a holding pattern just waiting for the information from the attorney general. >> sunlen serfaty, waiting with us all. let's get more on breaking news. congressman steve cohen joins us, a member of the judiciary committee. congressman, thanks so much for joining us. what are the significant questions you hope the mueller report will answer? >> i hope it would answer whether there was in fact activities between the trump
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campaign and or trump and the russians involved with the 2016 election. that's the issue that bob mueller was to report on and whether there was a conspiracy, whether there was aiding and abetting. and the trump tower meeting, how he deals with that, how he explains that meeting, if there's not the factors that lead up to possible indictable type offense, mueller is a team player. he is going to abide by justice department regulations that say you can't indict a sitting president, but there might be something in there saying that he would if there were not those regulations, or that there was proof but not sufficient proof to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. i look forward to how he deals with the trump tower meeting and with roger stone contacts with assange or wikileaks and how he deals with manafort passing off the poll data to the russians. there's a lot to be seen there. >> i was going to say, as you
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know, congressman, the white house believes lack of additional indictments and the justice department says there will be no more indictments coming from the mueller special counsel team, they believe that's a signal the report will vindicate the president of the united states. but publicly available court filings, mueller laid out some evidence of contacts as you point out between the trump team and russians, talking about the trump tower meeting. do you believe the report will weave together that information into a narrative, at least a narrative that points to some collusion, even if their behavior wasn't something mueller could charge? >> we'll have to see what it says, but it certainly could. the fact the justice department regulations say and bill barr made it a point that they were going to abide by regulations or policies, not look to change them, that you cannot indict a sitting president. so there's not going to be an indictment of trump but there might be information that if
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that policy wasn't in effect that he would have been indicted. the main thing you look to, how many times, thousands of times trump has said this is a witch hunt. richard nixon said it was a witch hunt in july of 1973. and a total witch hunt to get him. this is the defense of somebody that's guilty, not an innocent man. shakespeare said the lady doth protest too much. trump is the lady. >> you refer to the trump tower meeting in new york city, the justice department guidelines, you're correct, they can't indict a sitting president but can indict senior aides to a president. clearly since there are not any more indictments coming from the special counsel team, others that participated in that meeting are not about to be indicted, the president's son-in-law, for example, jared kushner. he was there, he is not going to be indicted. te president's son, donald trump jr. is not going to be
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indicted. what does that say? >> that is good news for the president and his team. it says they didn't have sufficient proof or there wasn't proof they knew going into it they knew what the meeting was about or the meeting, i don't think anybody believes it was about adoptions. the president wrote that excuse for his sons, it was about getting dirt on hillary clinton. maybe they didn't follow up on it afterwards. maybe they got the information, should have called the fbi, that was a misdeed, but wasn't a criminal offense, and that may be what it was, too. but it is almost like again, like bryce harper hitting a homer for the phillies bottom of the 8 trailing the nats by 8 runls. philly fans would clear but it is a drop in the bucket. >> i understand the comparison. your committee, the judiciary committee, should you subpoena robert mueller -- >> hello? >> can you hear me? >> i can't hear any more. i got you now. >> should your committee go ahead and subpoena robert mueller to testify before the
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judiciary committee and provide answers? >> there's no question we should and i'm sure chairman nadler said we would, and i look forward to his testimony. there could be things, places he wanted to go, maybe he was quietly asked to wind the investigation down. it may be coincidental, but interesting within a month of bill barr being appointed that the investigation is closing. you know, the subpoenas and arguments in the courts going to the appellate court where they were successful in getting documents from some foreign financial institution i believe it was, foreign corporation, they were fighting over records, and i can't believe they just said well, let's forget it. we're going to win that but we don't need the records. either somebody else has that pass to them to work on that particular case, whatever it was, or the investigation was shut down. >> before i let you go, congressman, you're raising questions about robert mueller's
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integrity? >> no, i wouldn't raise questions about his integrity but he works for the attorney general and might have been quietly suggested that it is time for this to end. >> that would raise questions about his integrity. >> no, i don't think it does. i think he has no choice but to end it. he can't go rogue. robert mueller is a great american, great patriot, he has done a great job, i have nothing but the highest respect for him. >> congressman steve cohen, thank you so much for joining us. >> thank you. sorry if i lost you. >> you didn't. breaking news continues in "the situation room." all eyes on the attorney general, william barr, reviewing the mueller report right now. could give details to congress any time. and house members will be h huddling in a few hours. we'll have details. building a better bank
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mueller's confidential report. he is preparing to share mueller's principal conclusions with congress. we expect also to share that information with the nation. that could happen today, could happen tomorrow. let's see when it comes. let's bring in our team of correspondents and analysts and experts to talk about the russia investigation and where it stands now. sara murray, the mueller report is finished, nearly a two-year investigation is over, but in many ways, this is the beginning of an important new chapter. >> it is the beginning of an important new chapter. i think big questions are what are the main conclusions william barr is willing to release publicly and what will congress push for. we watched how the hillary clinton e-mail investigation played out over the course of years. james comey gave the former fbi director more information than people would have liked at the outset, congress continued to press for more and more, and ultimately in most cases they got it. i think you'll see a similar fight politically and through
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the courts when it comes to the investigation. people are going to want to know, they want to see the entire mueller report and want to know more than what he will release at the outset about the president's involvement in activities and other people they declined to bring charges against. >> the president is in mar-a-lago in palm beach, out there relaxing, playing golf. in the past several days, he talks about no collusion, no collusion. also saying no obstruction, no obstruction. is that his biggest concern? >> that's a question. we have seen the president have such anxiety before reelease of the report. not only the twitter feed but public remarks and what aides said. they're trying to frame it as a victory that he was vindicated but they haven't seen the report either. there were no other indictments that they feared coming down the pipeline, that's why they're saying that. we haven't read it, the president hasn't read it. his allies saying this is a
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victory haven't read it. you see the president on the way to the golf course this morning, that's what he is spending the morning doing. he hasn't publicly commented at all, just the fact that it is over, that bill barr's chief of staff called his lawyer and is with him in palm beach to tell him the end of the report happened. no comment from the president yet. he hasn't declared victory. behind the scenes, he has been in a spirited mood as he is kept updated. >> lot of people watching the twitter feed to see if any statement emerges. right now, he is playing golf. we also learned that department of justice did not impede the special counsel robert mueller's investigation in any way in a letter to congress. bill barr, the attorney general, said there were no such instances during the special counsel's investigation. if there had been, they had to tell congress, but in this particular case they said everything was smooth. >> that's highly significant on a number of levels, let's talk about the legal level first. obviously prosecutors have a number of tools in the tool box.
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you want to subpoena people and in addition to speaking to people, you wants to verify that, you want to execute search warrants, do wire taps. there's an array of things to glean information and to get at the truth. was there interference with that, no. then you go to the issue of, and it is important, now it goes that they've done their job, they've done it thoroughly, adequately, there can be no push back on that. then you get to the political perspective of that, and that's if there were push back, they impeded us, couldn't get a subpoena, a search warrant, a wire tap, then you have to from a political perspective now rely on the investigation as a whole and say look, after all of the investigating there's no indictments, it came to conclusion, we're good. from a practical perspective, people need to ultimately rely on conclusions and bob has done his job without leaks or anything else, produced a report. we can know he was able to do it fully, fairly, and it needs to be trusted and respected at the
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end of the day. >> josh campbell with us as well. when bill barr said i may be in position to advise you of the special counsel principal conclusions as soon as this weekend. how much detail do you think we'll get on that? >> that's entirely up to the attorney general as far as how much information he wants to provide. he indicated in the confirmation hearing he is open to transparency, as much as he can, consistent with the rule of law and special counsel regulations. we have to wait and see. i suspect we will hear key points on findings for obstruction and collusion and lastly whether or not the justice department made determination they weren't going to move on the president, even though there may have been some type of alleged criminality found. i think that will come into play. the second aspect, wolf, being that report. do we get to see what robert mueller came up with, the underlying part. what's interesting, we have been talking to folks trying to
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manage expectations that department of justice and the fbi, their job isn't to prove someone innocent, their job is to determine whether someone is guilty, whether there are allegations of crimes. unlds mueller's limited mandate, he is only going that far. for the president's part, there's a lingering cloud, regardless of what the robert mueller investigation comes up with because of the manner in which the president has approached the investigation. we know from day one tried to throw sand into the gears of the justice department and the investigation as it seeks to determine if there's a counter intelligence threat. regardless of what the report says, there will be that lingering question, why did he try so hard to obstruct it. >> the report was formally submitted to the attorney general from mueller's team yesterday, and bill barr, the attorney general, immediately said he will be able as early as this weekend to release the special counsel principal conclusions which suggests to me that mueller himself may have prepared the principal conclusions for public release. >> i think that's a very real
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possibility. mueller was authorized under a mandate to determine whether there was any collusion between the russian government and anyone in trump's campaign. that's the question he has to answer. i would imagine through the whole report that he has tried to answer that question. in that executive summary if that's how he presented it or whatever the principal conclusions are, they're probably not going to get into the details that are potentially off limits because someone hasn't been charged with a crime or it is grand jury material, but i think bob mueller hasn't been operating in a vacuum. he knows the house voted unanimously they want to see bipartisan vote to see the full report, and rod rosenstein who is at doj now with bill barr has overseen every decision, has said robert mueller kept him in the loop. he has an enormous amount of knowledge about the case. he has known where it is going. i think if anything, he can shape what principal conclusions are. >> stand by. there's more we need to discuss. we'll do that after this.
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we're back with correspondents and analysts. kaitlin, as you know, the investigation, nearly two year investigation ended without the president formally sitting down for question and answer session with robert mueller and the team. he answered questions in writing but not orally. does the white house consider that a major victory? >> definitely. they thought they didn't want the president to sit down. they were worried something he could say could lead to his impeachment possibly, hurt him further down the road when he is out of office. they didn't want the president to sit down with the special counsel, even though there was a
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period of time the president wanted to do that. they got away with not having the president sit down with him. that's a monumental victory for the white house he never had to do that. >> that's one of the questions that bill barr and bob mueller and rod rosenstein have to answer for, how can you complete the investigation without having spoken to president trump about this. he answered written questions, but they were only on russian collusion. never had to answer questions about obstruction. and we learned from the letter from bill barr that he was never struck down by any other doj leadership. it is not like he wanted to subpoena the president and they told him no. i think that's one of the top questions from lawmakers. >> why didn't mueller push for a formal sit down interview with the president? >> so we don't know. hopefully we'll hear that. obviously with written questions submitted, special counsel may have felt they sufficiently received answers that they needed or knowing bob mueller, having worked for him, he is by the book, maybe this isn't a battle he wanted to fight as far as trying to fight that battle to get the president subpoenaed. nevertheless, hopefully we'll
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see the extent to which they tried and what the fruits were of it. >> he seems to be a fairly thorough person. >> talking mueller. >> without question. in the event they didn't interview trump, it wouldn't strike me he didn't want to engage in that fight, it would strike me there was other information on other sources upon which they could rely they gleaned and got information they were looking for. what do you get from a meeting with trump, you get information, perhaps perjury, but also a state of mind. sometimes a state of mind, why you did what you did when you did it, i think that could be gleaned from surrounding circumstances. i can only conclude it wasn't entirely necessary to get him, because if it was, they would have gone after him. >> when mueller got the job as special counsel, acting attorney general rod rosenstein said his investigation should take a look at, quote, any links and or coordination between russia and
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the trump campaign. that was the mission. that's what he had to investigate. i assume we're going to get a ton of information on that. >> it is so interesting. i think we already learned a lot of information through the public indictments, about the russian campaign and their efforts to be in contact with the trump campaign. now, we don't know the other side of that, how robert mueller viewed that. there haven't been indictments of campaign officials relating to the collusion question, although there have been a number of them that lied in the course of the investigation. that's an area where all of us will be looking to see what is mueller's take on that, how does he determine people's superdelega susceptibility. >> we are standing by for release of the special counsel's principal conclusions of his russia investigation. we'll share that with viewers as soon as we get it. up next, a closer look at
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free social security alerts from discover. breaking news this hour. washington and much of the world waiting on the attorney general, william barr, who promised to share the principal conclusions of robert mueller's report on his russia investigation possibly as soon as today. our chief political analyst gloria borger has a closer look at mueller and the key roles he played over the years at the justice department. >> after two years leading the russian investigation, special counsel robert mueller remains a mystery man. perhaps the most private public figure in washington. but he has still become a political pinata. >> there shouldn't have been a mueller investigation. there was no collusion, never has been. >> it is hard to remember that at the start. >> i think he's the right guy at the right time.
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>> mueller was a bipartisan favorite. >> he would have been on anybody's list of let's say the top five people in the country to have taken on this kind of a responsibility. >> the resume is long. at 74, he has been involved for decades in some of the justice department's most celebrated cases. mobster john gotti, man well noriega. and the pan am 103 bombing in lockerbie, scotland, in 1988. a case that still remains personal. >> i'll never forget the visit to lockerbie where i saw the smallwood enwarehouse in which we stored various effects of your loved ones. a white sneaker. a syracuse sweatshirt. christmas presents and photographs. >> he has been effectively the same bob mueller in every place he has ever worked, whether that was the attorney's office in san
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francisco in the 1970s, whether that was the george h.w. bush administration in the 1980s, whether that was the d.c. prosecutors's office in the 1990s or the fbi in the 2000s, he is hard driefving, tenacious incredibly thorough, has a very strong sense of right and wrong. >> a registered republican, but it is hard to tell. >> four and a half years of whatever meetings, i didn't hear him say anything political. >> how would you describe his politics? >> not. >> as in there are none? >> he is apolitical. >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states. >> which is partly why president bush picked him to run the fbi in 2001. >> the fbi must remain independent of politics and uncompromising in its mission. >> mueller arrived seven days before 9/11. he served most of his term under
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bush. when president obama asked him to stay for two more years, it required an act of congress. the senate approved, 100-0. by the books even after hours. >> a guy who never interacts with us at the end of the party that he would flip the light, he is like well, it is on the invitation, 7 to 9. it is 9:03. >> he was in the office between 6:00 and 6:30. he would plop his briefcase on the chair opposite my desk, not sit down and shoot the breeze, immediately what's happening, what's going on. >> i never saw insecurity or nervousness. ever. >> ever, never? >> never. very quickly you're going through the details of the case. >> would you assume he is managing the special counsel investigation the same way? >> heck yes. i wouldn't assume it, it is not
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professional choice, that's his dna today. what's going on today, what have you got. i don't want to hear noise, i want the facts. let's talk about it, what's your >> showing up at the special counsel nondescript office at the same early time, avoiding the spotlight, so much so that spotting mueller anywhere became a bit of a washington parlor game. mueller grew up in the wealthy philadelphia suburbs, attended an elite boarding school. a classmate of john kerry, then to princeton. but the combat death of college friend david hackett in vietnam inspired mueller to join the marines. >> he was wounded in combat, shot through the leg, received a bronze star with valor, purple heart, and was right back in the fight a couple of weeks later. >> in some sense, you feel you have been given a second lease on life, you want to make the
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most of it to contribute in some way. >> after graduating the university of virginia law school, mueller soon found his way to the department of justice and remained there for most of the next four decades. >> my colleagues here at the department of justice. >> two short breaks to give private practice a try. >> bob mueller has been notoriously unhappy every time he has tried to be in private practice. he just can't defend guilty people. he will meet with a client, they'll explain his problem, and he'll say sounds like you should go to jail then. >> so he'll tell his client. >> sounds like you're guilty. bob mueller is someone that sees the world in very black and white terms. >> by 2004, mueller was running the fbi when his phone rang. it was james comey, then deputy attorney general. it was the first time mueller and comey would find themselves in a very controversial legal
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drama. >> i was very upset. i was angry. >> comey was worried the bush administration was determined to keep a warrantless eavesdropping program that mueller, comey, and their boss, attorney general john ashcroft thought was illegal. but ashcroft was in the hospital recovering from surgery, leaving comey in charge. >> i was concerned that given how ill i knew the attorney general was that there might be an effort to ask him to overrule me when he was in no condition to do that. called director mueller. he said i'll meet you at the hospital right now. >> they had to race administration officials to ashcroft's bedside. >> director mueller instructed the fbi agent not to allow me removed from the room under any circumstances. >> in the end, he backed him. >> he knew that bob mueller had this incredible nonpartisan
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reputation in washington. >> now, trump views mueller's relationship with suspicion. >> his best friend is comey who's a bad cop. >> mueller loyalists deny it, but it is all part of the landscape as the special counsel's work end and the country waits to see how the long, silent bob mueller will finally be >> bob mueller believes in american institutions, so i think he wants to set the institutions up to make the best decisions that they can. >> that was our chief political analyst, gloria borger reporting. an excellent report indeed. we're going to have much more on all the breaking news just ahead on the mueller report. also a new claim over victory of isis in syria, not from president trump but from u.s.-backed forces who are on the ground. we'll have details. stop by your local jackson hewitt and get all the benefits of a tax pro. with jackson hewitt you get 100% accuracy and our max refund guarantee.
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