Mueller: 'There were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election'

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE on Wednesday emphasized that there were “multiple, systematic” attempts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

“I will close by reiterating the central allegation of our indictments, that there were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election,” Mueller said during remarks at the Justice Department.

“And that allegation deserves the attention of every American,” he added. 

The comments were part of Mueller's first public remarks since last month's release of a redacted version of his team's 448-page report on Russia's election interference.

Mueller also said that “the report is my testimony," dealing a blow to Democrats who have been pushing for the special counsel to testify before Congress about his report and the underlying evidence.

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“I hope and expect this to be the only time that I will speak about this matter," Mueller said. “I am making that decision myself — no one has told me whether I can or should testify or speak further about this matter.”

Mueller’s report, following his nearly 22-month investigation, found that Russia sought to help President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE defeat Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump to hold campaign rally in Michigan Saagar Enjeti ponders Hillary Clinton's 2020 plans Political ad spending set to explode in 2020 MORE in 2016 but that the Trump campaign did not directly assist in that process.

“Although the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts, the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” Mueller wrote in the report.

The special counsel outlined the steps taken by the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a Russian troll farm linked to the Kremlin, to sow discord on social media in the U.S. The report also detailed how Russian military officers hacked the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.