DOJ tells Robert Mueller to limit his testimony

The Department of Justice sent the former special counsel a letter warning him that he should not "go beyond" the "public version of his report."
1:43 | 07/23/19

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To Washington now where special counsel Robert Mueller is set to deliver his lock delayed testimony to two congressional committees tomorrow. Mueller, the justice department, both parties in congress jockeying ahead of the blockbuster hearing and our senior congressional correspondent Mary Bruce, chief justice correspondent Pierre Thomas handling all the preparations. Pierre, overnight the justice department sent a letter to Mueller trying to set limits on his testimony. Reporter: George, good morning. That's right. Overnight the justice department sent Mueller a letter warning him he should not go beyond the public version of his report and, George, quote, any testimony must remain within the boundaries of that document. It states his testimony is unnecessary. The bottom line for Mueller strictly no ad-libbing but, George, that said, the report is 400 pages with reams of materials including a list of potential acts of obstruction by the president and the details of how the Russians attacked 2016 election and how the trump campaign responded. Very few Americans have actually read the full report so the stakes are high in a little more than 24 hours. All of official Washington will come to a standstill with much of the country watching, George. No question about that. What do we know about what Robert Mueller is doing to prepare for this testimony? Reporter: He's been prepping with a small team from the special counsel's office in a space provided by a former law firm in Washington. His spokesman told me yesterday, quote, if you know Robert Mueller, he's going to come prepared. I've been speaking to sources that have worked with Mueller in the past and they say his preparations for congressional testimony typically involves hours of mock hearings and rehearsals. George, he will be giving an opening statement prior to taking questions from the two house committees. The countdown to his testimony now under way, George. He's had a lot of practice. Some dozens and dozens of appearances before congressional committees.

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