GOP senator: Americans should remember Mueller from 'his prime'

GOP senator: Americans should remember Mueller from 'his prime'
© Aaron Schwartz
"I think Bob Mueller is a decent and honorable man and I hope the American people will remember him from the days when he was in his prime," Kennedy told reporters.
Mueller, who served as FBI director from 2001-2013, testified for three hours before the House Judiciary Committee, but offered few new details on his 22-month investigation into whether President TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE's campaign conspired with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election or if Trump obstructed justice.
The former special counsel regularly asked lawmakers to repeat their questions and at times was reluctant to offer responses, sparking criticism of his performance.
David AxelrodDavid AxelrodBiden faces monumental task healing divided country Biden leans on foreign policy establishment to build team Biden rolls out national security team MORE, a former Obama aide who is now a CNN political commentator, said he had "deep respect" for Mueller but he "has not publicly testified before Congress in at least six years. And he does not appear as sharp as he was then."
CNN estimated that Mueller declined to answer questions more than 100 times during his Judiciary Committee testimony.
Kennedy added that he didn't think the House hearings were having the impact Democrats had hoped for.
"Number one, I don't think the hearings are producing the desired effect. Number two, I say that because I don't think this is exactly whipping the American people into a lather," he added. "Number three, so far for me it's just been one big anti-climax."
When a reporter tried to follow up with questions about Mueller's testimony, Kennedy added "that's all I've got" and walked away.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenators spar over validity of Trump impeachment trial Trump selects South Carolina lawyer for impeachment trial Democrats formally elect Harrison as new DNC chair MORE (R-S.C.) also weighed in, sending out a string of tweets that were critical of Mueller's appearance.
"Thus far Mueller completely contradicts what he told [Attorney General William] Barr about the reason not to proceed on the obstruction of justice," Graham tweeted during the Judiciary Committee hearing.
He added, "Mueller hearing becoming very confusing and sad."