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Hey! Robert Mueller relies on CQ

CQ’s transcript service shows up in at least 16 pages of footnotes in Mueller report

Members of the media film a few pages of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, which was printed out by House Judiciary staffers on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Who are you going to call when you need a transcript for official citation in the Mueller report? Why, CQ, of course.

The highly anticipated report by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III released Thursday spans nearly 450 pages, but tucked in the footnotes of at least 16 of them is text from transcripts that are available through CQ.

CQ Transcripts delivers gavel-to-gavel coverage of committee and subcommittee hearings. These transcripts offer verbatim records of the testimony witnesses give at hearings and are full-text searchable and alertable by keyword, bill number, member and committee. 

The archive dates back to the 104th Congress, which ran 1995-96. 

CQ is one of multiple news outlets — including The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and New York Times — to make an appearance in the report.  CQ Roll Call provides legislative tracking, news and analysis, and is part of FiscalNote’s family of businesses. 

Mueller’s investigators, for instance, used the CQ service to look up a 2016 Chris Wallace interview with President-elect Donald Trump on “Fox News Sunday.”

In that interview, Trump denied that any contacts or connections with Russia aided his election, suggesting that the intelligence community had “no idea if it’s Russia or China or somebody. It could be somebody sitting in a bed some place.”

Screenshot from the Robert S. Mueller, III report into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Screenshot from the Robert S. Mueller III’s report into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The report also uses transcripts from several congressional hearings held in the House and Senate. 

In some of the most recent transcripts used by the special counsel, Mueller describes testimony from former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen who appeared before the House Oversight and Reform Committee in February. 

Screenshot from the Robert S. Mueller, III report into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Screenshot from the Robert S. Mueller, III report into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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