Nadler: Mueller testimony 'broke the lie' on collusion and obstruction

Nadler: Mueller testimony 'broke the lie' on collusion and obstruction
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House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerHere's what Congress is reading at the beach this summer Activists see momentum as three new states legalize marijuana Supreme Court expansion push starts to fizzle MORE (D-N.Y.) said Sunday that former special counsel 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 testimony last week “broke the lie” that Mueller's report cleared President TrumpDonald TrumpNew Capitol Police chief to take over Friday Overnight Health Care: Biden officials says no change to masking guidance right now | Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of Medicaid expansion | Mississippi's attorney general asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade Michael Wolff and the art of monetizing gossip MORE of collusion or obstruction of justice.

“I think it was very important that he testified ... he broke the lie that the president and the attorney general have been saying to the American people," Nadler said on ABC’s “This Week” when asked by George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosSullivan: Comments by North Korea's Kim an 'interesting signal' Facebook VP says 2-year suspension of Trump from platform 'justified' Commerce secretary on cyberattacks against corporations: 'This is the reality' MORE if the testimony, during which Mueller repeatedly referred back to information already contained in his report, was worth the trouble.

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“Since his report was issued, the president and the attorney general misrepresented that report, lied to the American people about it, said that the report found no collusion, no obstruction and totally exonerated the president,” Nadler told Stephanopoulos.

“All those three statements are lies [and] it was very important for Mueller to get up there and say just that,” he added. “It’s very important that that information get out to the American people and we can now build on that.”

On CNN’s “State of the Union” Nadler said his “personal view” is that Trump deserves impeachment.

“He violated the law six ways from Sunday,” he added.

But, the congressman said that’s “not the question.” He said House Democrats need to develop enough evidence and continue building on Mueller’s testimony.

Mueller testified Wednesday morning before the House Judiciary Committee before later testifying before the House Intelligence Committee the same afternoon.