Robert Mueller testifies: The former special counsel is facing lawmakers at two separate hearings. The second is underway now.
Former special counsel Robert Mueller said Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election was “not a hoax.”
His remarks on Russian interference came during a line of questioning by Rep. Jackie Speier, who described it as “an invasion” as well as “sinister and scheming.”
Asked if he would agree that it was not a hoax and that the Russians were engaged in trying to impact the US election, Mueller said, “Absolutely, it was not a hoax.”
“The indictments we returned against the Russians — two different ones — were substantial in their scope, using the scope word again. And I think we have underplayed to a certain extent that aspect of our investigation that has and would have long term damage to the United States that we need to move quickly to address.”