Robert Mueller's congressional testimony may be delayed

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 14, 2019

Two U.S. Home committees will delay former Particular Counsel Robert Mueller's deliberate July 17 testimony for one week to permit lawmakers to query him for an extended time period, the committees mentioned on Friday.

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At 12:00 p.m. EDT the House Intelligence Committee will begin its hearing. These hearings are as much about individual members getting television time for the constituents back home as they are about finding out the truth, perhaps more.

Two back-to-back hearings are scheduled to run just a few hours, with additional time for testimony behind closed doors.

The agreement gives Mueller an extra hour to testify before the Judiciary panel before he gives two hours of testimony to the Intelligence Committee. Nadler heads the House Judiciary Committee and Schiff heads the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

In a joint statement, the chairmen of the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees said Mueller requested the rescheduling.

Mueller, who oversaw the federal investigation into alleged Russian interference within the 2016 US presidential election, is now scheduled to testify on July 24 earlier than the Home Judiciary and Intelligence committees, the panels' chairmen mentioned in a press release.

Lawmakers began to consider a delay when Judiciary Committee members saw that numerous panel's less senior lawmakers would not get time to ask questions.

Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Rep.

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"The House Judiciary Committee will convene on July 24 at 8:30am with Special Counsel Mueller testifying in public for three hours". The two committees said in a statement that all members of both committees will be able to question him.

Trump and Barr had opposed to Mueller testifying before the Congress.

The Judiciary Committee is expected to focus on episodes in Mueller's report where Trump attempted to influence the investigation. This will be especially true of Republicans on both committees, who will seek to use their time to undermine Mueller and his investigation and to advance the ridiculous conspiracy theories that have been advanced by the President, his sycophants in Congress, and his propagandists at Fox News and elsewhere in the conservative media.

It's unclear whether Mueller's testimony will give Democratic investigations new momentum.

"I appreciate news the chairman has taken seriously the concerns Judiciary Republicans raised this week, The new format will allow all Judiciary Republicans to question the special counsel on July 24", he tweeted.

Mueller broke a almost two-year silence when he made a brief public statement at the Department of Justice in late May.

Mueller addressed the public from the Department of Justice earlier this year following his "No Collusion" conclusion; telling the American people any Congressional testimony would be confined to the contents of his report.

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