The Justice Department Monday warned former special counsel Robert Mueller that his upcoming congressional testimony should not stray from the written conclusions outlined in the 448-page final report of the two-year investigation into Russian election interference.
“Any testimony must remain within the boundaries of your public report because matters within the scope of your investigation were covered by executive privilege, including information protected by law enforcement…and presidential communications privileges,” Associate Deputy Attorney General Bradley Weinsheimer wrote in a two-page letter to Mueller two days before his scheduled testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees.
Weinsheimer also cautioned that Mueller should abide by terms that the former special counsel discussed in May during his first public appearance following the report’s delivery earlier this spring.
“Specifically, that the information you discuss during testimony appears in, and does not go beyond, the public versions of your March 22, 2019 (final) report to the attorney general or your May 29 public statement,” Weinsheimer said.
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