Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Said it was “heartbreaking” to watch Robert Mueller’s mental state during his 2019 testimony on the Russia investigation in his new book.
77-year-old Mueller was appointed special counsel in May 2017 to oversee the investigation of Russian interference allegations in the 2016 US presidential election. In July 2019, Mueller testified about his findings, which determined that the Russian government had interfered with the election but there was no evidence of the Russian alliance with then-candidate Trump.
Author of ‘Stable Genius’ says Mueller’s friends thought Russian investigation changed him: ‘Something happened’
Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said he regretted seeing Mueller’s testimony in his new book, “Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could,”
“It was heartbreaking to see Mueller, this guy I admire so much, struggle to answer some basic questions,” Schiff wrote. “Even on a bad day, Mueller was able to do better than the ninety-nine percent of witnesses I had heard in my decades of public service.
“But it’s not Bob Mueller I know,” he continued. “Two years has brought significant change, and I suddenly understand the defensive instincts of his dedicated staff, not just his own hesitation to testify. If I had known how much he had changed, I would not have followed his testimony so vigorously – in fact, I would not have followed it.”
His mental acuity was questioned after Mueller’s testimony, in which he had trouble keeping some questions and was unable to recall important facts in his investigation.
“Two years after this investigation we heard from people who were very close to Bob Mueller. They found him to be a different person, a changed person,” said Washington Post reporter Carol Leonig Said LOVEBYLIFE in January 2020.
In his book “A Very Stable Genius,” Leonig and co-author Phil Rucker are concerned about Mueller’s health, and Mueller read his notes before releasing his report when he met former Attorney General William Barr Mueller and said, “When he caught the paper Hands trembled, his voice shaking, “The Washington Examiner Reported.
Schiff was recently asked whether he thinks Mueller is suffering from a cognitive decline and should be disqualified from leading the investigation.
“I can’t answer that,” He told NPR In an Oct. 10 interview. “I immediately understood why their staff was so defensive and didn’t want to testify. And I immediately told our members, ‘We need to cut our questions. We can’t ask for narrative answers. And it was painful, honestly, it was painful and, if I knew it, I wouldn’t have been pushing for his testimony.