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c-span, former special counsel robert mueller testifies before the house judiciary committee about the investigation into whether president trump obstructed the probe into russian interference in the 2016 campaign. we will show you as much as possible until the house gavels and for general speeches at 10:00 a.m.. at noon the house is expected to consider several bills under suspension of the rules including one authorizing state programs for fiscal year 2020 and another making tax changes for married same-sex couples. the centage returns to take up several executive and judicial nominations including the head of the federal aviation administration. you can watch that on c-span two. on c-span three, live coverage of former special counsel's testimonyller's before the house judiciary committee. at noon he will testify before the house intelligence committee. next, your calls and comments
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on robert mueller testify before the house judiciary committee and house intelligence committee later today. washington journal is next. >> any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report. it contains our findings and analysis and the reasons for the decisions we made. we chose those words carefully and the work speaks for itself. the report is my testimony. ♪ monthst has been two since robert mueller said his report is his testimony. today, he will be up on capitol hill for the house judiciary committee, in the witness chair for three hours, swearing to tell the truth to 41 members of that committee as they focus on volume 2 of the report,
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obstruction of justice. at noon, he will answer questions in the same room about volume 1. he will be answering questions from the house intelligence committee. begins here on c-span and download the free "washington app.a c-span radio before we take you into the committee room, we want to get your thoughts on robert mueller's testimony. democrats, 202-748-8000. republicans, 202-748-8001. independents, 202-748-8002. twitteralso join us on and facebook. the president tweeting this morning "so democrats and others
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can illegally fabricate a crime and when he fights back against illegal, treasonous attacks on our country, they call it obstruction. wrong. why did robert mueller investigate the investigators?" take a minute to familiarize viewers with the two committees where the action will be taking place today. robert mueller will start in the house judiciary committee. 41 members, 24 democrats, 17 republicans sit on that panel. republicans, 15 hold law degrees. also sit on the
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house intelligence committee. the oldest member, jim sensenbrenner of wisconsin. , 35,emocrat of colorado the youngest member. thermer doj prosecutor, former orlando police chief, a couple of former judges on the panel, several jagged officers from several branches -- several jag officers from several branches of the military. turning to the house iselligence committee, there 22 members on that panel, 13 democrats, nine republicans. there is no freshman members on that panel. the oldest member, peter welch, 72, democrat from vermont.
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member is 35, republican from new york. host: what would you ask robert mueller if you were a member of one of these committees? caller: first of all, i would like to say that i don't expect much today. trump mp and himself in a way in helsinki that made it clear that putin iraq against our troops. that was treason. what happened to the 12 financial forensic experts from deutsche bank? what happened to their report? why was none of that in robert mueller's report? report.lliam barr's
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he has butchered it, he has spun it. we were told there wouldn't be closed hearings, closed session. why not? we know there are ongoing counterintelligence investigations. why would the prerequisite say no, we are not giving closed sessions to any of the committees? i'm extremely dubious on this whole process. it'll come down to us, america. we have to save the day. join the republican party and let's get trump out in the primaries. john will be on the ticket. if you want a constitutional amendment that bans lobbyist corruption, john c public is your guy. host: easton, pennsylvania.
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a republican. ann, good morning to you. caller: good morning. to -- i would like robert mueller to answer this obvious question. did you collaborate with any of the democrats in preparation for your testimony? everyone is speculating. he needs to go on record. did he collaborate with any of the democrats in preparation for this testimony? get him on record. host: caroline from oakland, california. democratic caller. caller: yes. host: are you there? caller: i'm here. host: go ahead. what your question for mr. mueller? say that've heard him
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he had subpoenas on people who didn't show up. why weren't these people held in contempt of court? host: who do you think those people are? why is that important? caller: he's trying to get to the truth and these people wouldn't come in and testify. if i was subpoenaed to testify in front of congress, if i didn't show, i would be arrested by the fbi. host: david in new york. a republican. caller: good morning. i would like to make a statement, i would like to know when mueller knew that obama knew that russia hacked. why hasn't anyone put out anything to put it out for litigation? they give a lot of speeches like adam schiff over at the american center for american progress and i don't see any progress.
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pastld like to see us move this phony stuff that's happening with collusion and obstruction and start doing immigration bills, congress start doing something rather than going down rabbit holes. when obama was the president, they are claiming the russians hacked. i think the 2012 election was totally farce. host: more of your calls coming up. first, more on today's hearing. >> some news late yesterday that robert mueller won't be alone when he's at the witness table testifying for those two panels today. sitting beside him will be szekely,eavily -- erin the deputy special counsel who had day-to-day oversight of the investigation conducted by the office. he will accompany mueller to the
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hearing. is,more on who aaron zebley --oo! news yesterday evening he worked in the fbi counterterrorism division for seven years as part of the team who chased members of al qaeda. when mueller left the fbi to join wilmer hale law firm, ze bley followed him a week later. after he joined the investigation into allegations of collusion, becoming mueller's closest associate, he served as the intermediary in the justice
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department, trump yesterday accusing him and other staffers of being supporters of hillary clinton because zebley previously represented a clinton aide. president trump with that tweet last night. forrt mueller has asked long time, never trump lawyer to sit beside him and help with answers. what's that about? the server guy who got free in the crooked hillary case. from members today of the judiciary committee. collins, the top republican on the committee, saying less than 24 hours before robert mueller arrives, the chairman is allowing the committee's business to devolve
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into chaos. this shows the length democrats will go to to protect a one-sided narrative. one more tweet for you. this is from jim jordan. "you don't get to change the rules right before kickoff, especially after a 20 month, $30 billion investigation." host: kickoff begins here in a little over an hour. we will take you inside that room. we will be quite and let you watch. that hearing expected to be about three hours, where robert mueller will be in the chair in front of those 41 committee lawmakers, answering questions, five-minute rounds from each of those members of congress. they will take a break around 11:30 and then in the same room,
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the members of the house intelligence committee will sit down and get their chance to ask questions of the former special counsel. the house intelligence focusing on russia's interference, house judiciary focusing on obstruction of justice. the investigation lasted 674 days. the result was indictments, convictions or guilty pleas from 34 people and three companies. the cost expected to go higher, $25 million. david in georgia. republican. your question for mr. mueller this morning? whyer: my question would be would he go into the with his mind set
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on finding out anything on president trump when he should have been there trying to find out what instigated the russian information and everything instead of investigating trying to find everything on president trump, he went in there when he should have been doing something to find out what hillary clinton -- why did he go in that direction and not in the direction of hillary clinton? host: scott in florida. democrat. good morning to you. caller: good morning. i was thinking, if we want to keep mueller talking about what's in the report, i would
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ask him, you said you didn't clear him of any wrongdoings, then are you saying if he wasn't the president, you would have indicted him? ok, what would you have indicted him for? that keeps it within the context of the report and you have mueller explain. host: do you think he would answer those questions? caller: i would think he would at least answer the first one. that is restricted to exactly what's in the report. guilty, not cleared. so, explain yourself. host: did you read the report? chris fromon to michigan. caller: thank you for taking my call. my only question for mueller
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would be why isn't president nsaa including the fbi and being investigated for allowing russia to interfere and invade the country during the 2016 election? they are not doing anything about that. host: who's not doing anything about that? caller: the government. where the investigation into that? talking about trump and blaming him for russia interfering during that year, but it was president obama and his administration responsible for protecting the country. host: robert mueller's investigation did produce indictments against 13 russians and russian companies. was it worth it? caller: no.
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why didn't president obama and the nsa stop it? host: you are looking at the hallway outside the house judiciary committee, where the media has already started to fill the hallway. public just toe get into the house office building was spilling out onto the sidewalk. are talking to all of you morning. this will bringudiciary you into the room and he will go before theme room house intelligence committee at noon. and onth us
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there will be video on demand on the website. to listen wherever you are, download the free c-span radio app. michigan. democrat. good morning. caller: good morning to our great american patriots. i'm a real democrat. we should look at what's happening in venezuela, the cubans are arming the drug cartels, the news should look at this instead of these witchhunts by so-called democrats. city,tom in ellicott maryland. an independent. good morning. --ler: i have a comment every time we see these like thes, it's
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ringling brothers circus. we don't get anything out of it. there will be more tabloid headlines out of it. host: they want the public to hear robert mueller read from the report, here him in his own words -- hear him in his own words. richard in north carolina. republican. caller: first, i would like to make a program suggestion, if that's ok. that you should have a similar program on in the evening. a lot of people are at work and can't call in. the evening news is always the same old opinions from bobbleheads. host: thank you for the suggestion. we will be continuing our coverage of robert mueller's testimony throughout the
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afternoon, getting your phone calls and reactions throughout the day on c-span3. you can look for a rear of the hearings this evening when the house and senate adjourned for the evening on c-span and c-span2. go to for more details on that. elmer, new jersey. a democrat. caller: good morning. thank you for taking my call. i would ask robert if i was on the committee, i would read to him the 10 obstruction things in the report and let him answer yes, yes, that, those were the things he was looking at and the information they found led to obstruction. that way, people who are watching the program, if they did not read the report, they
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will hear everything that he found. host: why do you think it's important? caller: too many people didn't bother to read it. mouth, comes from his maybe they will go back and look at it or they will listen to him. host: did you read it? caller: yes, i did. i read it all the way through. i'm going back and checking other things as i'm hearing a conflict on tv or whatever, i go back and read it. host: when you think about the report, what do you remember? what stands out to you? caller: the one thing i did not thatwas the phone call mcgahnade hito don to get mueller fired, the extent
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he went to doing that. he was very careful that he did not come right out and say things, but the person on the other end of the line knows what he means. calls t made two phone o don mcgahn on a saturday night. caller: that's right. he did. he wanted to know if he did it. i did read it thoroughly. that knocked my socks off, other than the fact that russia interfered. when you read it and you know the extent they did it, they're working across the world doing the same thing in other countries and it is scary. host: brownsville, texas. an independent.
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what question do you have for robert mueller today? caller: the one question i would , did mr. trump interfere in the election? i don't want to be around the bush -- beat around the bush. i hate the fact that we are not getting the full report. there is no transparency in it. the government is not allowing us to see the full report. what's the point of having this? they are only allowing us to see what they want but not the whole thing. mcardle, what do you have this morning about the hearing? >> besides robert mueller, there's four key players, the top democrats and top republicans on each committee.
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starting with house judiciary chairman, jerry nadler. he represents new york's 10th district, the former ranking member with republicans in charge of the house, he took over from john conyers back in november of 2017 as the top democrat on the committee. his law degree is from fordham law. shifting to the top republican on the judiciary committee, that is doug collins, represents georgia's nine congressional former baptist pastor and practicing u.s. air force reserves chaplain. his law degree comes from atlanta's john marshall school of law. noon, the action shifts to the
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intelligence committee where the chairman of that committee is congressman adam schiff, a democrat from california, california's 28th district. congress,10 terms in served as the ranking member 2019, a former prosecutor with the house u.s. attorney's office in l.a. devin nunes served in congress nine terms, was chairman during the 114th and 115 congress when republicans were in control. report in april of 2018 that found no evidence that president trump and the trump campaign colluded with the russian government. host: christian in phoenix, arizona. republican caller.
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we are asking all of you what question you would pose to the former special counsel. caller: thank you for taking my call. my question for mueller would be why did you spend 2.5 years investigating a president of the united states when you said in your statement after the report was finalized or the investigation had come to a close that a president cannot be charged with a federal crime while he's in office, that it is in fact unconstitutional? why did he spend 2.5 years investigating a president of the united states when he had clear conflict of interest from hillary clinton to being a customer of the president's? that is a significant connection
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or interest with the individual being investigated. how about bob mueller allowing -- to appoint him as special counsel when he knew he had a significant connection with robert mueller himself? conflicts of interest. i've been hearing for the last 2.5 years about all these people saying the president doesn't mueller right to fire or he can't cross the redline -- article ii of the constitution in section 1 says the executive power shall be invested in a president of the united states, not vested in the department of
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it ise, not in congress, vested in the president of the united states who is elected by the people of the representative republic. we are a republic, not a democracy. the people of the united states elected that man. i guarantee you after this hearing is over, the people of the united states will elect in 2020rump and 202 again. report doeseller claims the president's of conflicts of interest. perturbed by the president calling him that saturday night. he and other advisors believe the asserted conflicts were silly and not real.
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they had previously communicated that view to the president. there are a couple of places in the report where the special counsel's team looks at and discusses this assertion of conflict of interest. -- greg inarkansas new york. caller: hi. question,ally have a but i would like to make a statement. thatone's been getting obama did try to go to congress and say what are we going to do -- mitch mcconnell decided to say you can't say anything because i'm not going to stand there with you and it's as being ame out partisan thing.
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mcconnellis, mitch block obama and his administration from doing anything about russia. that's the start of the whole mess. host: greg with those comments. shirley in hot springs, arkansas. a republican. caller: i've called in several times. to me, this is all such a hoax. it's like a high school play. i watched this investigative , it was a documentary if you seymour hersh -- all would just show that, it would end the hoax and show everybody what really happened. it's all on that documentary.
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the documentary is in the new york public library. host: shirley in arkansas. inside the committee room, you can see the media getting situated there, taking their places. there is a reserved seating for the media. there will be public seating. the chair behind robert mueller is reserved for whoever he plans to bring with him this morning. our camera is outside of that committee room. you can see the public lined up to get inside as well. there will be seating for the public, but not enough for all the attention these hearings are getting this morning and this afternoon. resident trump just tweeting "it was never agreed
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that robert mueller could use one of his never trump lawyers to sit next to him and help him with his answers." let's go to david in kalamazoo, michigan. an independent. caller: good morning. how are you? host: doing fine. what's your question for robert mueller? caller: my question is not so much for robert mueller. my first question would be a show of hands by all the republicans sitting on the committee today who actually read the full report. i'm astonished that the republicans calling in obviously have not read the report. it is pretty clear cut. himlooking forward to simply reading the report, explaining the report. the only question i would have for robert mueller would be did
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you infect exonerate -- in fact exonerate donald trump? yes or no? host: when you say it is clear , what do you mean? caller: i read the report. that heetty clear cut was not allowed nor did he investigate collusion. that was not part of his authority to do so and he didn't do so. he quite simply said, number one, if he could have exonerated the president, he would have done so. read the report. he said that in the report. there are at least 10 cases of obstruction by president trump. it is quite clear cut.
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here,s not rocket science my dear. this is a report that the majority of people in america have not read. today, they get to see the report. host: you are seeing in the placard forom the robert mueller, so far the only seentag there, we have not nametags for his aides. that is the witness table, that is where robert mueller will be sitting in about 45 minutes to an hour, he will be taking that chair to answer questions from the members of the house judiciary committee. each gets five minutes to ask questions. that will take about three hours. there will be a break after that
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and he will sit back in the chair to answer questions from that house intelligence committee members -- from the house intelligence committee members. kim in tennessee. a democrat. your turn. caller: can you hear me? host: good morning. we can. go ahead. i thought mueller sounded like he was under a lot of duress when he made that statement -- he might have been physically coerced into cooperating. i think it's all a joke. the people all around the -- theyt are guilty of have to be removed from their positions for misappropriating funds and all that.
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or he fires them because they refused to do something immoral or illegal for the president. dollars inlions of the 2020 budget for all bureaucracyaces in being rerouted for trump and the wall. he's moving fast and loading his pockets. the deutsche bank thing, he was money for he and put in our tight -- putin ou are tight. i'm flabbergasted. said that schiff has
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is one area, the connection between president trump and deutsche bank, that he believes his committee should continue to investigate. rich in ohio. republican caller. caller: yes. a lot of good opinions going on. , we letg i'm baffled by murderers go off because there's something wrong with the chain of evidence -- we gave special privilege to investigate things to make sure people didn't put false information or set up false evidence that would not connect. evidence,y had false the people who did spy on the
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other party know who they are, know what they do. they will have scorched earth before they own up to it. have a good day. host: lon in california. independent. caller: good morning. thank you for taking my call. my question is why don't we just make it simple, starting at the very top and going through all of them, to put them on a lie detector when they start talking? that would bring everybody to their senses. i told my late wife many years becomewyers and liars our representatives. you throw these guys on the street where they belong and let women run the country for the next 40 years, they think
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differently and they would have a better world for us to live in. host: lon in california. the president with his first tweet this morning. mueller and his not of democrats ,nvestigate hillary clinton james comey, lisa page and her psycho lover, peter s?" what is your question for robert mueller today? i want to take a moment to give viewers a visual tour of the room where all the action is happening today. both of today's hearings are taking place in room 2141, the rayburn house office.
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it's located on the first floor of the building, the largest of three house office buildings. the hearingicially room for the house intelligence committee -- the smaller committee usually meets in a room in the capitol visitor center, beneath the capital building's east front. that will be the focal point of today's action, where the former special counsel will sit. for the former deputy special counsel, aaron zebley. 's the table there, mueller microphone attached to a indicatesisplay that how much time he has.
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he will be facing a panel of 41 members of congress separated into two rows, democrats to the left, republicans to the right. those who have served longer sit on the top row. the top republican on the committee, known as the ranking member, is georgia congressman doug collins. he will sit to nadler's left. he will offer his opening statement after nadler. he will be the first republican to ask questions. there's doorshot,
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on either side of the dais. they will lead to the committee office space and meeting rooms. republicans are on the right side. democrats on the left. will enter the room from the democratic side of the committee hearing spaces. there is the seats behind the witness table, they serve a couple functions. anyctly behind mueller, guests or members of the special counsel's team. seatsthat, there is reserved for staff members. after that, seats for the general public. the line already forming. that line does extend out the door of the rayburn building. finally, inside the room is the
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press table. the seats reserved for members of the press are located on either side of the public seating. few members of the press already seated there. who coverscheney, congress for politico, tweeting binders for each member of congress contain the mueller report. cj in chicago. democratic caller. caller: good morning. how are you? host: doing well. question for the former counsel? caller: my question would be as -- if you were a he were atizen -- if
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regular citizen, would he be in jail? says he onlyrally wants people who look like him to enter the country. he will not be president eventually. , thehese trump supporters same people who say it's ok to keep people in cages -- god forbid something happens to america and we had to go to canada and they treat you the same way we treat them in texas, we need to think about that, how we treat each other. now, i'm okut right so it's not my problem. it is your issue. we have to come together as a --munity, as one planet
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climate change affects everyone. in miami, how could question is if trumpobstruction could have fired mueller but he didn't? us $30 million? this andrats cost us we are now dealing with a where the democrats did not care about the mueller report. we are continuing this witchhunt to try to dig so deep to find nothing. the american people are upset because it cost us this amount of money.
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satisfiedats aren't because for two years, they have convicted trump with no proof. been diane, there's reports that this has cost upwards of $25 million, but with this investigation, robert to gain assetse of $45 million. caller: we are talking about trump. the democrats are not focusing on the american people. they are focusing on one man. i have not heard anything about the democrats helping the americans. the democrats should be ashamed of themselves for wanting the illegals to have more benefits, more power than the american
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people who are going hungry in the streets. we have to take care of our own people first. host: the president with another , his fourth this morning -- schedule frees during robert mueller's testimony this morning. reporters hed might see some of the testimony. those questions by lawmakers getting underway in about 45 minutes. we will bring into the committee room around 8:15 a.m. eastern time this morning as the room starts to fill up with lawmakers, 41 of them getting to
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ask questions of robert mueller. committeeintelligence hearing starts at noon eastern time. on c-span and c-span3 and on, where you can find a reading of the mueller report, a searchable version of the mueller report, and you will also be able to find key moments from the hearing. in case you missed anything, you can go and find points of interest on our website, you can also download the free c-span radio app to listen wherever you are. lorenzo in louisiana. independent. caller: yes. there are two people i would like to see up there. putin and trump.
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those are the guys that know the truth we need to be questioned. get trump right up there and question him for five hours? however many hours it takes until he tells the truth. detroit,'s go to michigan. a democrat. good morning to you. go ahead. you are on the air. good morning. caller: i would like to make a statement. donald trump is presently obstructing justice. on his twitterng account. i don't understand how people are saying if he had nothing to
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, why don't you let them be heard so people can make a decision at the voting booth? they want a person to lie to them. he's a liar. i would want someone in the white house to be truthful. that's the only way capitalism is going to work. i'm done. thank you. john mcardle with us this morning. >> viewers have been seeing that line in the hallway outside of the committee hearing room, 2141 rayburn house office building. there is a picture of that line. here's a tweet by kyle cheney from politico.
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this is what the line looks like outside the building moving up capitol hill. you can see how long the line extends. of hill interns who slept in the hallway last night to be the first in line for the public seating for the mueller hearings. they started camping out at 6:00 p.m. they have not eaten since. host: brian in washington. good morning. what questions do you have? caller: i don't really have a question. i've said a couple prayers this morning for the entire group, both republicans and the democrats this morning. it's going to be a long day. along, notyone gets too high stressed and gets through this. host: wayne in pennsylvania. an independent. good morning.
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your thoughts on robert mueller 's testimony today? caller: thank you for taking my call. it's hard for me to digest what's happening with the hillary clinton email espionageion, the -- it's hardted thate to digest how doesn't get investigated but we want to indict trump for firing him behindcomey told closed doors that he wasn't the subject of the investigation and he just wanted mueller to say it in public. thank you for taking my call. host: florida. democratic caller. caller: good morning.
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my question to special counsel mueller, right after the appointment of william barr, special counsel mueller's investigation seemed to terminate rather abruptly. did he get any instructions from barr to terminate his investigation at that point? host: why do you think that is important? caller: because i believe attorney general barr -- host: let's watch as robert mueller makes his way down the to the committee room in preparation for his testimony today. mueller arriving on capitol
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hill. he went into the room the getittee members go into to to the back room. way over to the witness table to begin his time,ony at 8:30 eastern here on c-span, c-span3, and the free c-span radio app. what questions would you ask if you were sitting in the chair this morning? in guam. a republican. caller: good morning all the way from guam. if i could ask bob mueller a question, it would be two parts. good morning from guam. i'm supporting republicans.
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obstruction,find why did he put it on the backs of congress -- why didn't he investigate hillary and those 23,000 emails she deleted? host: steve in atlanta, georgia. independent. would: my question is why he bother doing anything other than putting there's no collision, there is no obstruction? if he says anything other than it's in my report today, he's a babbling idiot. host: daniel in new york. samuel in new york. good morning to you. -- samuel,on to
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are you there? your question for robert mueller . caller: i don't understand why people can't just wait and let him speak his mind. all these people talking about hillary -- she's not our president. we are talking about the person who runs the world right now. that's trump. why do people want to ask questions about hillary, hillary, hillary? she doesn't run the country right now. she's not in charge of anybody at this point. host: john mcardle? >> viewers will hear a lot of names over the next several hours. wehelp viewers follow along, want to take a look at some of those key players and the roles they played through the course of the mueller investigation, starting in the house judiciary committee, where potential areas
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of obstruction will be looked at today. the name you will likely hear most in the witness question portion of that, don mcgahn. more than any other witness in the report. among don mcgahn's actions cited in that report, defending jeff usal, coordinating the firing of james comey and twice refusing to order rod rosenstein to fire mueller. donald trump, jr. will also come up. will want to know what he wasn't interviewed about his infamous trump tower meeting. cited asfort was
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having numerous contacts with business associates who had ties to russian intelligence. you will also hear about michael flynn. 2017 toed guilty in lying to federal investigators. two former trump campaign foreign policy advisers who had contacts with russians during the campaign -- carter page and george papadopoulos. republicans expected to press mueller on the origins of the probe and the tactics the fbi used. among the names likely to come steele and peter , who sent lisa page anti-trump text messages to each other.
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a lot of names to keep track of today as the drama unfolds. host: the president with his fifth tweet of the morning -- it is almost 8:00 a.m. here on the east coast. we are talking to all of you from capitol hill this morning, getting your thoughts on robert mueller's testimony. what questions would you ask him? his testimony comes nearly four months after he completed his investigation, three months after the government released the redacted version of the report. the investigation lasted 674 days. he employed 19 lawyers who were assisted by 40 fbi agents,
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intelligence analysts and other professional staff. subpoenas and looked at 500 search warrants. what questions would you ask of robert mueller? peggy in north carolina. a republican. did question is mueller take at face value the findings in the report or did he look into -- before he continued the investigation. host: are you still there? we will move on to anthony. an independent. caller: good morning. host: good morning. caller: i like the way the wind is blowing your hair up there. host: it's a beautiful day on capitol hill. go ahead. caller: i have a statement to
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the american people. you areused why conflicted over the idea of that report. clear, it isry what it is, i have to accept it and rather than holding onto a nefarious individual who has repeatedly lied to us, who has deceived us, who utilizes the media as a way of propagating his own desires, why can't we acknowledge we made a bad choice? remove him as president and move on to the next proponent we need in our democracy because we are all immigrants. none of us other than the american indians who are ,ndigenous so why can't we just
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like rodney king time, get along and move forward, our children's lives are at stake and our future is at stake and we cannot continue like this. if we do not take a positive approach to resolving this, what are we doing to our country, to our future, to the next generation? we are allowing them to believe they can live and eli becomes lietruth -- lie and the becomes the truth. host: democratic caller, new york. caller: my question for robert 17 intelligence agencies stated that russian interfered in the election and my question is did russia interfere in our election?
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the answer is yes or no. you go further and say in such and such a date, candidate trump came on national tv and back to beggedto give him -- russia to give him females of his opponent and asked for wiki leaks to give him information on hillary clinton. did mr. trump say those words on national tv? it.tape is there, the said does not have that conspiracy where he asks russia to help them win the election? that is conspiracy. when you interact with someone to overthrow something, conspiracy. host: william in massachusetts, independent. caller: how are you? host: good morning.
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caller: good morning. contacts toend some the trunk campaign -- trump campaign about how they would bring financial information about hillary to the meeting but robert mueller did not find roof and set in order to show the dirt existed we have to go to russia and just the promise of this financial dirt would be collusion but make sure it is -collusion, worth more than either $25,000 or $50,000 and would change the election in donald trump's favor. will anyone ask that from the media or congress? host: democratic quarter -- democratic caller, florida, jim. teamr: if trump and his
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knew a hostile adversary was attacking her election and voting infrastructure and said and did nothing about it because it was favorable towards them, wouldn't that be considered treason by definition? host: it sounds like you believe so? caller: read the definition of treason and put it to what trump and his team did. his son in the tower, paul manafort and all of the meetings he had, he is in jail, his own personal attorney and republicans say there was no evidence or anything. you need to look at that, as a patriot, if you are an american you have to look at the fact that russia attacked our power grids at the same time, attacking our military with flybys. everything they do, they are always attacking us.
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they are blocking radar right now in iran, the strait of hormuz with our military there right now. they were dealing with them. that is treason. out, i want to point cameras in the committee room, house judiciary committee room and you can see where robert mueller will be sitting at the witness table. him,onitor in front of according to kyle cheney of politico, he will be facing this monitor where members can call up experts -- excerpts of his report and there is a document the -- document waiting to be opened. that monitor in front of robert mueller, he will be sitting in the witness chair. stephen south -- stephen, independent, south carolina.
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caller: please, independent, thank you. hope you are enjoying the cooler weather. greta, i cannot add much to what has been said. i began reading that report and as an old guy, this is politics as usual and will not change anything, the conclusion has been ron. -- drawn. i became bored with it. one of the reasons the democrats are doing this is because people do not have a tendency to read, they will watch the movie, this will all be in the open. it is just noise. it will not change anything. there will be a fair amount of theatrics with nadler as the ringmaster. people will do campaigning. we know this is about november of 2020. as an independent, let's talk
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politics, if the democrats are not very careful, they will be singing be same song after trump is reelected, they need to focus on the five biggest problems, here they are, pennsylvania, ohio, michigan, wisconsin, and florida. if they don't get that, they can forget the whole ballgame, they need to concentrate their efforts. i almost hate to say that because i am not a democrat. that's what this is all about. host: theresa in the rock, arkansas, republican -- in little rock, arkansas, republican. caller: thank you for taking my call. andnt to ask about mueller when they made their decision, not when they produce the report but the decision made, the final decision made before after the election of 2018? the second thing i want to ask mueller, in the 1990's or early
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2000's, part of a team that worked in texas against enron and they convicted arthur anderson of abstraction, the supreme court overturned the obstruction counts saying they were creatively written and i wanted mueller to make a comparison of those charges against arthur andersen and the charges against trump, because the court said they were created but not real law. host: for our viewers who may not have recognized the lawmakers, mary gay scanlon, a freshman, following behind her is matt gaetz from florida, republican, members of the committee making their way into the room to take their seats to have their turn to ask robert mueller five minutes worth of questions. we understand inside the binders
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at the seats at each lawmaker is that the mueller reports. we're almost ready for mr. mueller to make his way to the witness table. we have about 10 minutes before we bring you into the room and let you watch what is happening as the committee starts to kick off at 8:30 a.m. eastern time is when they are expected to start. they will go for three hours for the house judiciary committee and then mr. miller will get it -- mr. mueller will get a break and in the same room house intelligence committee members will sit down and get their turn. 22 members will ask questions. don mcgahn arnold with more on today's hearings. more -- withle more on today's hearings. >> this is the day members of the judiciary committee and intelligence committee are getting a lot of attention and
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is often the case on big committee hearing days, members not on the committee tried to get in on the action as well by ting questionsee they would ask. ro khanna saying that the judiciary committee needs to ask mueller whether he or anyone on his staff were concerned they would be fired and whether that was part of the reason they did not insist on interviewing the president and were concerned with the delay in the report, sources tell me mueller what answer. congressman alan lowenthal, democrat of california, saying the american people need to hear the conclusions of the investigation directly, the president tried to abstract justice and the rule of law must be held and we will not tolerate interference. putting up videos last night about what they intend to talk about today.
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congressman sean patrick maloney, democrat from new york, a member of the house intelligence committee. here is what he put out last night. >> judiciary committee and my committee, we will work tonight to make sure we get at the questions you want answered. i would love to know what you think and from my point of view the most important stuff will be what is not in the report because it leaves serious questions unanswered. we want to get out the fundamental issues, russian interference with the election and some people welcome it, lied inut it, and engaged and -- unethical conduct. and why robert mueller did not make the president set for an interview. we will have more to say tomorrow. >> you saw congressman sean patrick maloney. at the same time, andy biggs of
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arizona and jim jordan of ohio, both republicans, making their own video late yesterday talking about the developments in the hearings, specifically the news that the former deputy special -- isl errands everly expected to sit next to robert mueller. butave not seen his seat with discussion and concern from republicans, here is the conversation. >> i am agitated because it seems like robert mueller is calling the shots even though he is a subpoenaed witness. aaron zebley will be there at the witness stand with director
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mueller. i remember when secretary clinton testified, she testified for 10 hours, counsel said the hunter, you have -- sat behind her, you have a witness, but with robert mueller and jerry nadler, you have specialty. >> democrats tell me he is just going to say what is in the report. is, he is ato that subpoenaed witness, i am asking questions, if you will not answer them, unless you have a privilege, you are in contempt. >> good point. i will have plenty of questions and we hope he does answer and he answers and not deferring or his -- i do not know if you call him counsel, it
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is a strange situation. hopefully it is bob mueller answer questions. >> it should be mueller. host: republican lawmakers from yesterday discussing what they would ask robert mueller today. packed hallway with the media, public, staffers, security outside the house judiciary committee room where robert mueller will sit in the witness , racistd take the oath right hand and swear to tell the truth before these lawmakers at a: 30 a.m. eastern -- 8:30 eastern, our coverage also on c-span3 and the hearings for the house judiciary and intelligence committee at noon eastern will air again this evening after the house and the senate go out. you can find the hearings in their entirety on her website with key moments along on our video player, scroll along the
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video player to fight all the key moments from today's hearings. we have about five minutes left for more phone calls. ,ew york, independent, brian what question would you ask robert mueller? caller: my question would be, the cia has been running operation mockingbird for decades and we know because john brennan was hired by msnbc to run damage control. in include proven lies right before the report saying indictments were imminent but never materialized. the report was based on ups is satiated media reports -- unsubstantiated media reports, do you consider what you did treason? republican., roy, a my question would be, they keep talking about the
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trump tower deal, the suppose it russian lady, i believe she talked to fusion gps before and after the meeting and it will be interesting testimony today, one of the other four legs of the chair, we need to look at the huber report and the report with horowitz for -- report. as a republican, what will happen with these other reports can be more devastating or justifying to the whole thing on me trump collusion. russian interference, they have been interfering for years, in other people's elections four years, obama even went on tv and he was going to help with
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israel elections. it is all politics. we have to see what happens with these reports. we need to come back together as americans and find a common bridgesd repair burnt everybody has done on both sides. host: san antonio, texas, democrat,l ouui. >> i am former law enforcement, chief of police of three cities in minnesota and a background in law enforcement. i would encourage mr. mueller to stand up. he has a glorious reputation. he is known throughout the united states as a just and able prosecutor -- i mean, investigator. i would encourage him to stand
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up to the president. in any way,elieves whether he did something wrong or did not, i would encourage this gentleman to stand up on his own reputation and remember this will be history. andot cave in to the texts all of this nonsense, and the pressure, stand up and do his job. host: kathy in west virginia. caller: thank you for taking my call. host: your questions for robert mueller this morning. we are a little over 10 minutes away from hearing from him. caller: people think this is but itrump or not trump think it is about russia or not russia.
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it started in 2004, and i do not think it mentioned donald trump, about how russia has been working to take over our government, the government in europe, and they have been successful, they talk about every election and who they think they can target, where they think people are weak. i would say start out, we have interesting, we are americans and we will work together to fight russia because they are our enemy. state,hris in washington republican. caller: thank you for taking my call. second time caller. i am concerned with the price tag of this thing. the left are justifying discrimination at this point.
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i would ask a legally pointed question, maybe four sessions, what were the articles of discrimination when this was headed off to mueller -- handed off to mueller? now, wee last call for will continue with covers throughout the day of the mueller testimony before the house judiciary starting minutes from now and at noon eastern time, the house intelligence committee, and we will get your reaction to that. watch on c-span starting now, c-span3,, or download the free c-span radio app to listen wherever you are. we will bring you into the house judiciary committee for live coverage of robert mueller's testimony.


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