The Mueller results
Robert Mueller’s use of “I take your question,” as defined by a legal expert
M. Tia Johnson, a visiting law professor at Georgetown University Law Center and former assistant secretary for legislative affairs at the US Department of Homeland Security tells Quartz that this is a standard legal response.
“‘I take your question’ is used often when the witness doesn’t know the answer to the question,” she said. It’s distinct from a straight “no” because it indicates that the answer may well be knowable, just that this witness doesn’t know it.
From a technical perspective, the answer can preserve the question for follow-up on the record. After the hearings, committee chairpersons give their colleagues a deadline for submitting additional questions based on the witness’s testimony and Mueller might be asked to provide a more substantive response.