2. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Adam Schiff, Democrat - California, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee:
"Well, umm, I am sure that the Mueller team understood the importance of interviewing Don Junior, just as they understood the importance of interviewing the president and, so, that is about all I am going to say on that today."
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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Adam Schiff, Democrat - California, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee:
"Reporter:What do you, how do you think tomorrow will will will unfold?
I would imagine by this time Bob Mueller will have cracked. He will have acknowledged that but for the DOJ policy would have indicted the president. He will say in fact because (Attorney General) Bill Barr told me I could have reached that conclusion, I am now ready to reach that conclusion. I'm joking. Well, I hope that where we are at this time tomorrow is with a better public understanding of the gravity of what the Russians did, the systemic nature of what the Russians did and the gravity of what the Trump campaign did and what our own president did. How unethical it was."
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6. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Adam Schiff, Democrat - California, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee:
"I know that most people don't have the opportunity to read all 448 pages and even those who do, you know I'm a prosecutor this is this is my language they are speaking in this report I understand it I recognize what it means. If Mueller concluded that there was not sufficient evidence to prove each element of the crime of conspiracy and he was willing to say so because he couldn't prove sufficiently willful intent on Don Junior. Or he couldn't prove the value of the dirt they got meet the statutory threshold, if he if he could say that there was not sufficient evidence of this. But he couldn't say that about obstruction, the negative inference is clear there was sufficient evidence to prove the crime of obstruction. That's clear to me as a prosecutor. It's why more than 1000 other prosecutors have said if this were their case, if he wasn't the president any other person would be indicted. But I think because of the incessant campaign by the president and I give him credit for being ruthlessly on message. He, I think, has endeavored to prevent the American people from understanding the seriousness, the appalling lack of integrity that he demonstrated during his campaign and demonstrates to this day."
7. Cutaway audience
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Adam Schiff, Democrat - California, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee:
"I think it is certainly the desire of the special counsel to have one of his team present with him during the hearing. We are in discussions with them about that and what that would look like but our intention is that Mueller do the testifying and and not have someone else do it for him. Now there may be questions that one of his team is better situated to answer of a technical nature. But we don't want a hearing with Bob Mueller converted to a hearing with someone else. So we're discussing what the format would be and just what the role would be of having one of his team present. And this has been a continuing discussion with the special counsel's office and I would expect that he will have someone with him and we are in discussions about precisely in what capacity that person will appear with him."
The House Judiciary and Intelligence committees are preparing for Wednesday's hearings with former special counsel Robert Mueller on Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman, California Congressman Adam Schiff said he hopes the hearing will give Americans a better understanding of the "gravity of what the Russians did," during the 2016 election.
Looking at his watch Tuesday afternoon, Schiff joked with an audience at the American Center for Progress think-tank in Washington about the outcome of the Wednesday morning hearings.
"I would imagine by this time Bob Mueller will have cracked," Schiff said. "He will have acknowledged that but for the DOJ policy would have indicted the president."
While Mueller's report did not find sufficient evidence to establish charges of criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, it said President Donald Trump could not be cleared of trying to obstruct the investigation.
Mueller has said he doesn't intend to speak beyond the findings of the report during the congressional hearings
Mueller has also requested that a longtime associate appear alongside him when he testifies to Congress.
Mueller has asked that Aaron Zebley, his former chief of staff and his top aide on the Russia investigation, accompany him at the witness table during Wednesday's hearing.
The day before back-to-back hearings Wednesday, both sides seemed to agree that Mueller's testimony could be pivotal in shifting public opinion on the question of "holding the president accountable."
While Mueller's testimony was once envisioned as a crystallizing event, a Watergate-style moment to uncover truths, public attention has drifted in the months since the report was released.