Ohio Democrats look ahead to Mueller testimony

WASHINGTON (GRAY DC) -- Special Counsel Robert Mueller will testify in front of the U.S. House Judiciary and Intelligence committees on July 17.

Special counsel Robert Mueller will testify in front of the U.S. House Judiciary and Intelligence committees on July 17. (Source: Associated Press)

Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) will not be one of the lawmakers questioning Mueller, but if she was, she said she would want to know more about the foreign relationships between people in the Trump administration before and after taking office.

“I believe that we must meet our obligation to protect and defend the American people and our constitution. That’s what we’re sworn to do,” Kaptur said.

Fellow Ohio Democrat and 2020 presidential candidate Tim Ryan will also not be in the room when Mueller testifies, but he would have a few questions too.

“That would be the main question I would ask him, what in his mind happened that did not clear the president and give him a clean bill of health to not get indicted or impeached?” Ryan said.

Regardless of what Mueller will say during his testimony, both lawmakers said that does not mean the investigation into obstruction of justice by the president is over.

“I think there are a whole set of investigations going on, court proceedings with many people surrounding the president, whose actions merit investigation and justice,” Kaptur said.

Ryan said what will happen next will depend on what Mueller says next week, but bottom line, he thinks it is time to hold the powerful accountable.

“I know if this was someone in Youngstown, Ohio who was an auto worker, a steel worker or a nurse, that they would get prosecuted right now, and it’s not fair that he [Trump] is not,” Ryan said.

Mueller released his over 400-page report in April on his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 General Election and obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump’s campaign.

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