Published: Sun, July 14, 2019

This Week: Mueller Testimony Might Be Delayed Another Week

This Week: Mueller Testimony Might Be Delayed Another Week

Some House members have complained that the delay means they might not have enough time to ask questions.

"All members - Democrats and Republicans - of both committees will have a meaningful opportunity to question the special counsel in public, and the American people will finally have an opportunity to hear directly from Mr. Mueller about what his investigation uncovered", Representatives Jerrold Nadler of NY and Adam B. Schiff of California, the chairmen of the judiciary and intelligence panels, said Friday in a statement.

Underneath the brand new settlement, Mueller will seem earlier than the Judiciary Committee for 3 hours. The delay would be in exchange for more time for questioning.

Mueller, who investigated Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, has agreed to appear for "an extended period of time", House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said. Around 80 Democrats have said they think an impeachment inquiry should be launched to bolster their efforts, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has so far rebuffed those calls.

Mueller has been reluctant to speak to Congress since releasing his full report on the Russian Federation investigation in May.

The questions surrounding the hearing threatened to distract from the Democrats' intended goal: highlighting the contents of Mueller's 448-page report for Americans who they believe have not read it. Mueller will testify publicly before House panels on July 17 after being subpoenaed. It made no closing suggestion on whether or not there was obstruction of justice by Trump. He found no evidence of collusion between President Trump and Russian Federation, a point Trump has consistently noted via social media. "Sources said Friday morning the hearings will be pushed back to July 24".

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.

"Charging the president with a crime was not an option we could consider", he said at the time.

Mueller has expressed his reluctance to testify and said he won't go beyond what's in his 448-page 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. 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 new format will allow all Judiciary Republicans to question the special counsel on July 24", Congressman Doug Collins, R-Ga., said in his statement. It isn't clear when new hearings might take place. That's according to multiple people familiar with the talks who requested anonymity because a final decision had not been made. And those on the Judiciary Committee who weren't in line to get questions were up in arms they might not get their shot to question Mueller with millions tuning in.

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