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When former U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller appears in Congress on Wednesday, House Democrats will try to focus his testimony on clear examples of conduct by President Donald Trump that would lead to criminal charges against any other American.

The strategy, described by Democratic congressional aides at a briefing for reporters on Thursday, is intended to build support among Americans for an investigative agenda that Democrats plan to advance, possibly leading to impeachment proceedings.

Republicans, who say Trump is the victim of a political attack by Democrats and former Justice Department officials, plan to use Mueller’s appearance to explore the origins of his investigation and the politics of his former team.

Mueller, who for nearly two years dug into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and Trump’s efforts to impede his probe, will appear under subpoena separately before the House of Representatives Judiciary and Intelligence committees.

He is expected to spend about five hours total delivering testimony that is unlikely to stray from the 448-page report he submitted in April.

The former special counsel did not find sufficient evidence to establish that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia and declined to make a judgment that Trump obstructed justice.

However, his report said, “If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state.” Read more

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When former U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller appears in Congress on Wednesday, House Democrats will try to focus his testimony on clear examples of conduct by President Donald Trump that would lead to criminal charges against any other American.

When former U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller appears in Congress on Wednesday, House Democrats will try to focus his testimony on clear examples of conduct by President Donald Trump that would lead to criminal charges against any other American.