Mueller’s congressional testimony could be postponed a week

Robert Mueller Should Testify Publicly

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller makes a statement on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election at the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., May 29, 2019.

One of the people said the hearing would be delayed a week.

The congressional testimony of former special counsel Robert Mueller has been delayed one week, Politico is reporting. As initially planned, each committee would have had just two hours to question Mueller, and more junior lawmakers on the Judiciary panel would have been shut out.

Mueller was scheduled to appear before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees on July 17 in a much-anticipated public appearance since he gave a short statement following the conclusion of his almost two-year investigation.

Mueller, the Democrats know, will be tough to crack.

A Judiciary Committee spokesman emphasized that next week's hearing is still on the books.


CNN reported that the House Judiciary Committee is discussing the delay to allow more time for Mueller to testify and that lawmakers are still negotiating.

Mueller said because of longstanding Justice Department regulations that a sitting president can not be indicted, his team of investigators didn't consider trying to indict Trump.

Those members pressed the committee this week to try to get Mueller to commit to more time.

"This committee got rolled", he said.

He said if he were Mueller, he would refuse to testify and tell House Democrats, "The short answer is no and the long answer is, hell no".

Republican protests about the arrangements boiled over earlier this week, when Republicans accused House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff of upstaging the Judiciary Committee, despite its primary jurisdiction over special counsel investigations.

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