Mueller actually admitted that Trump's statements to him were not all truthful

Mueller actually admitted that Trump's statements to him were not all truthful
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In a rare admission that seemed to step outside the bounds of what his report explicitly said, former Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicated Wednesday that President Donald Trump's answers to him as a part of the Russia investigation were not necessarily truthful as a general matter.


Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) pressed Mueller on the subject of the president's written answers, which Trump gave while he refused to sit down for an official interview.

"Director Mueller, isn't it fair to say [Trump's] written answers were not only inadequate and incomplete because he didn't answer many of your questions, but where he did, his answers show that he wasn't always being truthful?" she asked.

"I would say... generally," he responded.

Mueller didn't elaborate on what was not "truthful" about Trump's answers, but he may have been referring to the fact that they largely avoided answering his questions, and the president repeatedly said he couldn't "recall" crucial details. But even if Mueller believed Trump's answers weren't truthful, that doesn't mean he could support bringing a perjury charge in court, and the special counsel made no indication in the report suggesting it considered such a course. Mueller did lay out evidence indicating that Trump committed multiple counts of obstruction of justice.

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