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Robert Mueller: ‘Outright liars’ constantly hindered the Russia investigation

During his testimony before Congress this Wednesday, former Special Counsel Robert Mueller said that there was a problem with witnesses in the probe who were less-than-truthful.

Mueller was responding to questioning from Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), who asked him if any witnesses lied to him throughout the course of the investigation.

“I think there are probably a spectrum of witnesses in terms of those who are not telling the full truth or those who are outright liars,” Mueller replied, adding that “limits” were placed in the amount of evidence he could acquire as a result.

As the Miami Herald points out, Mueller’s report stated that witness’ lies “materially impaired the investigation of Russian election interference.”

Demings then followed up her question, asking if “lies by Trump campaign officials and administration officials impeded your investigation.”

“I would generally agree with that,” Mueller said.

Throughout the course of Mueller’s investigation, numerous former Trump associates, including Paul Manafort, George Papadopoulos, and Michael Flynn, were charged with lying to the FBI. But Mueller’s testimony on Wednesday was the first time he acknowledged that lying from other witnesses affected the course of the investigation.

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