Robert Mueller’s Statement About His Report, and His Congressional Testimony — Supplement to Article on the False Statements Charges Brought During the Mueller Investigation

July 2019

This article is one in a series of articles on white collar defense and investigations. 

In February 2019, I prepared an article entitled “Lessons from the Muller Investigation: What to Do When the Government Comes Knocking.” In the article, I explained how making materially false statements to government agents is a felony and can result in being imprisoned. The article went on to explain that “[n]owhere is this more evident than in the false statement charges brought over the past 1½ years in seven separate cases by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election.” (emphasis in original) 

In Muller’s brief statement on May 29, 2019 concerning his report, he confirmed why it is so important that individuals be truthful to government investigators during an investigation: 

The indictments allege and the other activities in our report describe efforts to interfere in our political system. They needed to be investigated and understood. And that is among the reasons why the Department of Justice established our office. That is also a reason we investigated efforts to obstruct the investigation. The matters we investigated were of paramount importance. It was critical for us to obtain full and accurate information from every person we questioned. When a subject of an investigation obstructs that investigation or lies to investigators, it strikes at the core of their government's effort to find the truth and hold wrongdoers accountable. 

(emphasis added)

Mr. Muller is scheduled to testify tomorrow, Wednesday, July 24th, before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees. There will be two sessions with Mueller, and they will be open to the public, three hours before the Judiciary Committee starting at about 8:30 a.m., and two hours before the Intelligence Committee starting at about Noon. It seems likely that his seven prosecutions for false statements will be one of the key issues to be addressed, further reinforcing the critical nature of this issue, and confirming the notion that when you speak to government agents, BE TRUTHFUL!

For more information on this issue and related matters, please contact:

David M. Rosenfield at [email protected] or (212) 592-1513.

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