Mueller’s congressional testimony could be postponed a week

Mueller’s congressional testimony could be postponed a week

The House Judiciary Committee is discussing delaying public testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller one week until July 24 to allow more time for Mueller to testify, according to sources familiar with the matter. Reaching the date took weeks of negotiations, and the two sides agreed he would testify for two hours before each committee. Republicans spent Thursday and Friday slamming Democrats for cutting a deal that did not allow all committee members to question Mueller.

Under a tentative agreement, the 41-member Judiciary Committee would be granted an extra hour to question Mueller, lawmakers briefed on the discussions told Politico.

Mueller, who oversaw the federal investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election, is now expected to testify July 24 before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees, sources familiar with the plan said on the condition of anonymity because talks are continuing.

Kennedy said Mueller may be "exercising more wisdom than zeal" and trying to avoid the "political trap". 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. The delay would be in exchange for more time for questioning.

News of the delay perplexed some Judiciary Committee members, who seemed unsure exactly what had happened or where the negotiations between the committee and Mueller stood.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler declined to comment on Friday as he left Capitol Hill.

"Everyone on the committee wants an opportunity to examine Mr. Mueller", said Representative David Cicilline, a senior House Judiciary Democrat. But he did allude to possible concerns among some members that they would not get a chance to question the special counsel due to time constraints.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler's spokesman Daniel Schwarz said: "At this moment we still plan to have our hearing on the 17th, and we will let you know if that changes".

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

The House Judiciary and Intelligence committees last month issued subpoenas to compel Mueller's testimony.

Trump, speaking to reporters outside the White House Friday, disparaged Congress's push to get Mueller to testify. The people requested anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly.

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