Mueller Testimony Delayed One Week

Nellie Chapman
July 14, 2019

The House Judiciary and Intelligence committees have been negotiating to give lawmakers more time to question the former special counsel.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), a Judiciary Committee member and the chair of the House Democratic Caucus, had expressed concern that some lawmakers would not be able to question the special counsel as a result of time constraints. The hearing has taken on enormous significance for Democrats who want to extract information from the former special counsel and spotlight what they say are his most damaging findings against President Donald Trump.

As originally planned, each committee would have had only two hours to question Mueller, while more junior lawmakers on the Judiciary panel would have been shut out, the outlet reported. July 17 was the date penciled in, but it could be delayed a week to accommodate time for more questions from both Democrats and Republicans.

Mueller had been scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees on Wednesday in a much-anticipated public appearance since he gave a short statement following the conclusion of his almost two-year investigation. "After a brief break, the House Intelligence Committee will convene for additional public testimony beginning at 12:00pm", the chairmen said in a statement. However, congressional Democrats made it clear that they wanted to hear from him regarding the investigation and report.

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Mueller had been scheduled to testify on July 17 about the findings of his two-year Russian Federation probe after he was subpoenaed by the panels last month. Mueller wrote that there was not enough evidence to establish a conspiracy between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, but detailed extensive contacts between the two.

Rank-and-file Judiciary members were publicly and privately pressing the committee to seek a longer hearing with Mueller.

But Mueller refrained from recommending criminal charges against the president, saying he had no power to do so.

The ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee released a statement after Democrats announced the format for the Mueller hearing. A separate person familiar with that testimony said that the person is David Archey, the senior Federal Bureau of Investigation official who was involved in Mueller's probe. 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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