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David Axelrod: Mueller 'does not appear as sharp' as he was 6 years ago

CNN political commentator David AxelrodDavid AxelrodPsaki 'likely will stay longer' than year as White House press secretary House Democrats to Schumer: Vote again on Jan. 6 probe Amash warns of turning lawmakers like Cheney into 'heroes' MORE on Wednesday offered his take on Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's performance during his much-anticipated congressional testimony, saying the former special counsel "does not appear as sharp" as he was six years ago.

"This is delicate to say, but Mueller, whom I deeply respect, has not publicly testified before Congress in at least six years. And he does not appear as sharp as he was then," Axelrod, who was a senior adviser to former President Obama, tweeted to his 1.1 million followers.

Axelrod's comments came during the first 90 minutes of Mueller's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee. He is slated to testify before the House Intelligence Committee immediately after the Judiciary hearing.
 
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In all, Mueller is expected to testify for at least five hours on Wednesday.
 
Republicans on the Judiciary Committee tore into Mueller with their questions and remarks about how he handled the 22-month Russia investigation. Some focused on the overall findings of his report, while others inquired about the investigation's origins.
 
Other media commentators were also critical of Mueller's initial performance at Wednesday's hearing.