Rachel Maddow shares highlights from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's hours of testimony before two House committees about his report on the Trump-Russia investigation. The MSNBC host said Mueller's personal performance puts a spotlight on his deputy, Aaron Zebley, the man sitting next to him, who ran the day to day operations.
Maddow said Mueller "seemed detached" which "lights a fire" under the need to speak to the people on his team who "actually did that work." She said the outcome of Wednesday's hearings will be a renewed interest in hearing from people on Mueller's team that "did the work" and not just the figurehead himself.
MADDOW: I mean, the first one is that Mueller's personal performance today, I think, puts a spotlight on the man who was sitting next to him and not speaking today, his deputy, Aaron Zebley. He's described now as the deputy special counsel. We're now told that he ran the day-to-day operations of the investigation and the rest of Mueller's staff.
There was so much that Mueller seemed sort of detached from today, and he seemed to be, at times, taking it on trust that certain things were in his report or not, whether or not he personally recalled those things.
Because of that performance from Mueller today, I think that lights a fire under the need to speak to the people on his team. Who actually did the work, I mean, if Congress really does want more substantive and detailed answers from the people who actually did that work, it would seem like they would have to pursue conversations now and testimony now from Zebley and from the other members of Mueller's team, including those who are sitting be behind him in the hearing room today and those who we've seen involved in the various cases and those who we know were on his staff. So, we will talk about this later on over the course of this hour.
But I think one of the outcomes of today's hearing is going to be a renewed interest by Congress and hearing from the people who were on Mueller's team and did the work beyond the sort of distant figurehead figure of Mueller himself, which was revealed today by his sort of surprising affect.