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 NadlerMcConnell locks in schedule for start of impeachment trial Pelosi: Trump's impeachment 'cannot be erased' House to vote Wednesday on sending articles of impeachment to Senate MORE (D-N.Y.) said Sunday that former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE’s testimony last week “broke the lie” that Mueller's report cleared President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' 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 StephanopoulosPelosi: Trump is 'impeached for life' National security adviser: US embassies not evacuated because 'we're not going to cut and run every time somebody threatens us' Pelosi on Trump: 'Every knock from him is a boost' 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.