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Previewing Special Counsel Mueller’s Long-Awaited Testimony On The Hill




Special counsel Robert Mueller arrives at the U.S. Capitol for a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee last month.
Special counsel Robert Mueller arrives at the U.S. Capitol for a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee last month.
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After months of anticipation, former special counsel Robert Mueller will testify before the House Judiciary and House Intelligence Committees tomorrow.

But before Mueller takes the stand, FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee today. The Committee is chaired by one of President Donald Trump’s closest allies, Sen. Lindsey Graham, who has vowed to investigate the origins of the Russia investigation. Wray’s appearance before a Senate committee could be something of a preview of the intense questioning Mueller is likely to face in Congress tomorrow.

Republicans are likely to spend time questioning Wray and Mueller about Peter Strzok, an FBI agent who helped lead the Trump investigation and exchanged anti-Trump text messages during the 2016 election with an FBI lawyer, Lisa Page.

Once Mueller learned of the existence of the texts, which were sent before his appointment as special counsel, he removed Strzok from his team investigating potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. Strzok ultimately was fired, and Page left the bureau.

AirTalk discusses Wray’s testimony today and previews Mueller’s testimony tomorrow.

With files from the Associated Press

Guest:

Adam Goldman, reporter covering the F.B.I. and national security for The New York Times; he was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for national reporting on Russia’s meddling in the presidential election; he tweets @adamgoldmanNYT