U.S. lawmakers will delay Mueller testimony by a week

Lester Mason
July 14, 2019

Mueller was otherwise set to testify before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees on July 17.

"Whenever the hearing takes place, it's important that every single member of the House Democratic Caucus who serves on the Judiciary Committee participates in the Mueller hearing", he said.

The agreement gives Mueller an extra hour to testify before the Judiciary panel before he gives two hours of testimony to the Intelligence Committee.

The Judiciary Committee has more members than the intelligence committee.

Mueller will appear before the House of Representatives for five hours to respond to the queries of the panel on his report on the Russian interference, an hour more than previously planned for the July 17 appearance. Both House panels had expected to have a chance to question the deputies, Aaron Zebley and James L. Quarles III, in private after Mr. Mueller's public testimony.

Special counsel Robert Mueller spoke at the Department of Justice on May 29 about the Russian Federation investigation.

Democrats want to highlight each of those 10 episodes in their hearing, well aware that most of the public has not read the report.

Mr Mueller also said there was not enough evidence to establish a criminal conspiracy between Mr Trump's presidential campaign and the Kremlin.

The hearing on statehood will mark the first time in roughly a quarter-century that the issue receives a formal review from a House committee.

In the news conference, Mueller indicated that it was up to Congress to decide what to do with his findings. Those familiar with the talks said one reason was the ongoing negotiation about how long lawmakers would have to question Mueller, Politico said. Mueller said at the news conference that charging a president with a crime was "not an option" because of longstanding Justice Department policy.

Mueller has expressed his reluctance to testify and said he won't go beyond what's in his report. More junior Democrats on the committee had also registered complaints, arguing that it was unfair to leave them out of such a closely watched event.

The ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee released a statement after Democrats announced the format for the Mueller hearing.

"This report is my testimony", Mueller had said.

It wasn't immediately clear why the new date made a difference or whether Nadler specifically might be able to relax some of the potential restrictions he'd been contemplating before.

"This committee got rolled", he said. The House Intelligence Committee, in particular, wanted to speak to the deputies in closed session so they could dive into classified, counterintelligence details of the investigation.

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