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Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff is getting tons of praise for his 'precise' Mueller questioning

House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) seemed to be a good choice to end the Mueller testimony.

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller spoke to the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees on Wednesday about his probe into Russian election interference and President Trump's investigation, but largely avoided answering questions from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. BUt with his opening statement, questioning, and closing words, Schiff provided a rare exception.

In a tweet, Washington Post White House Bureau Chief Philip Rucker kept his praise simple, outlining what Schiff's "precise questioning" of Mueller revealed.

Dan Rather went a bit further, tweeting during a mid-point break in the hearing that Democrats should "be talking about ceding all [their] time to Schiff in the next round of questioning." And Tom Nichols, a self-proclaimed "ex-GOP" Harvard professor, suggested that under different circumstances, Trump might already be out the door.

After all this commentary, Schiff went on to elicit several more concise answers from Mueller during his closing statement. Watch Schiff's first round of questioning below. Kathryn Krawczyk