Top Dem goes on the record about Mueller’s cognitive decline

The announcement that former special counsel Robert Mueller would be testifying before lawmakers in July 2019, just months after he released his long-awaited report on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, was met with fanfare from those on the left.

In fact, it was the left who pushed for him to appear before lawmakers, against Mueller’s wishes.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, the California Democrat who was among former President Donald Trump’s most vocal critics in Congress, said the month prior that Mueller did not particularly want to testify, but a subpoena issued by House Democrats compelled him to do so.

“I don’t think the special counsel’s office would characterize it as a friendly subpoena. He did not want to testify. He made that very clear,” Schiff told MSNBC in June 2019. “Nonetheless, they will respect the subpoena. He will appear. He’ll be testifying before our committee in open session.

But ultimately, Schiff ended up regretting his decision to pursue Mueller’s testimony, he writes in his new book, “Midnight in Washington.”

The reason? Mueller’s answers left much to be desired, according to Schiff, who suggested that the former special counsel and FBI director’s cognitive abilities had declined.

“Schiff had sent Mueller a handwritten note to help convince him to appear before Congress, and he writes that it was ‘heartbreaking’ to then see Mueller struggle to answer basic questions,” CNN reported.

“Had I known how much he had changed, I would not have pursued his testimony with such vigor — in fact, I would not have pursued it at all,” the House Intelligence Committee chairman wrote.

Mueller appeared before the House Judiciary Committee before moving on to the Intelligence Committee. According to Schiff, Intelligence Committee Democrats had to rethink their strategy after watching Mueller testify before the Judiciary Committee.

“No questions calling for a narrative answer,” Schiff recalled telling the Democrats on his committee. “No multipart questions. If you think your question may be too long, it is. Cut it down.”

After Mueller’s testimony, then-President Trump criticized his performance.

“I think Robert Mueller did a horrible job, both today and with respect to the investigation,” Trump said at the time. “Obviously he did very poorly today. I don’t think there’s anybody — even among the fakers — I don’t think there’s anybody that would say he did well.”

Mueller’s report, released earlier that year, failed to prove any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.