At 11 am ET on Wednesday, Department of Justice Special Counsel Robert Mueller will break his silence, following his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The rare appearance marks Mueller's first public statement since the release of a redacted version of the 448-page report his team spent two years compiling. The report has served as a Rorschach test for the American public over the last month and a half. President Donald Trump and his supporters have clung to the fact that Mueller found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, while the President's opponents have fixated on the fact that the report lists numerous instances in which the President appeared to obstruct justice. The report states clearly that while it doesn't conclude that the President committed a crime, "it also does not exonerate him."
The public response was made all the more muddy by Attorney General William Barr's initial four-page summary of the report, which appeared to downplay the special counsel's findings around obstruction of justice. In a letter to Barr, Mueller himself wrote that the summary “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of his office’s work.
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