According to recent news reports, it appears that Robert Mueller is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on May 15th. Democrat members of the committee hope to use his testimony as justification for new and expanded investigations into Russian interference during the 2016 election cycle. Their apparent goal is to keep the Russian narrative alive and in the news through the remainder of 2019 and deep into 2020.
In my opinion, the Democrat Party might be overreaching once again. They should be careful what they wish for. The Mueller report (dossier) is a 400 plus page document that provides a one-sided presentation of the findings and conclusions by the prosecution (Team Mueller). It contains a significant amount of factual information, legal opinions, and even testimony that might be considered hearsay in an actual court of law. The document is raw and unfiltered. Volume 2 is actually more of a political document than a legal document. It summarizes the work done by Team Mueller over the last two years. Acting as Special Counsel, Team Mueller had no obligation to present the case for the defense, which would be Team Trump.
However, the hearing on May 15th will provide Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee with an opportunity to ask questions as de facto lawyers in support of Team Trump. At this point in time Team Mueller has never been questioned or cross examined by anyone before, during, of after their investigation. This hearing should provide some good fireworks and will likely make a number of people deeply invested in the Washington establishment very uncomfortable. We will see Team Mueller on defense for the first time.
Given that background, I have prepared ten questions that I would ask Mr. Mueller on May 15th if I were a Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee. The answers to these questions will help the general public understand motives, perceived or actual biases in the investigation, and the reasons why Team Mueller did not investigate possible Russian collusion or interference related to Team Clinton and the DNC.
10 Questions for Robert Mueller
What was the scope of the Special Counsel investigation as defined by you and Rod Rosenstein, and why was the final version of the scope memo not included as part of your final report?
Why did you select all Democrat lawyers for your legal staff when it was well known that most of them had personal, legal, and/or financial ties to Team Clinton and the DNC?
Was the Steele dossier used as the starting point in your investigation, or did you look at other activities that took place before that document was circulated within the FBI and DOJ?
Did you investigate any of the spying (paid or unpaid) that took place before, during, or after the 2016 elections within the Team Trump or Team Clinton campaigns, and if yes, to what extent?
When did you determine with some degree of certainty that no collusion took place between members of Team Trump and the Russian government?
Why did Team Mueller continue the investigation once it was determined that no collusion existed between Team Trump and the Russian government?
Have you determined why Team Trump was never given a defensive briefing by the FBI if that agency thought there might be Russian agents trying to infiltrate the Trump campaign?
Why were there no investigative details in your report that addressed the questionable relationships and activities between foreign agents/informants/subjects and members of US government agencies (e.g., FBI, DOJ, CIA, NSA)?
Why were there no investigative details related to the specific actions taken by the Obama administration to thwart the activities by Russia during the 2016 campaign?
Did AG Barr present any information in the course of releasing your findings that you deemed to be inaccurate or incorrect, and why did you elect not to review his summary memo and then document your objections to the memo?