GOP group defends Mueller ahead of testimony

A Republican group defended former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE ahead of his congressional testimony in a new ad released Monday.

Republicans for the Rule of Law is airing the ad on Sinclair stations and Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityABC chose a debate moderator who hates Trump Sarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor Trump's latest plan to undermine Social Security MORE's Fox News show Tuesday, a day ahead of Mueller's scheduled testimony in front of the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees.

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The ad touts the former FBI chief's credentials and career targeting corruption, and includes clips of Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamWhite House won't move forward with billions in foreign aid cuts GOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads Cindy McCain says no one in Republican Party carries 'voice of reason' after husband's death MORE (R-S.C.) and Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrFeds charge five in international ID theft ring targeting military members, veterans The road not taken: Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces Correctional officers subpoenaed in Epstein investigation: report MORE praising him.

The former special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election did not find sufficient evidence to bring charges against Trump or his campaign over allegations they conspired with Moscow.

Mueller declined to clear the president of obstruction of justice, outlining 10 “episodes” of possibly obstructive behavior, but saying existing Department of Justice guidelines against indicting a sitting president prevented him from bringing charges.

Mueller has said he will not discuss anything outside the purview of his report during the hearings, but Democrats believe getting Mueller to outline the findings in person will strengthen and affirm their arguments about Trump's misconduct.

The president has gone on the offensive against Mueller ahead of the testimony.

In a pair of tweets Monday, Trump repeated his claim that Mueller is “highly conflicted” and accused him of leading a “ridiculous Witch Hunt.” 

He also repeated his belief that Mueller’s report found “NO COLLUSION, NO OBSTRUCTION!”