Negotiations Between House Dems and Mueller 'BREAKDOWN,' Testimony Possibly Delayed

Brenda Watkins
July 12, 2019

Although it's unclear why Mueller's testimony was delayed until July 24, lawmakers familiar with the matter said one reason was an ongoing negotiation about how long lawmakers would have to question the former special counsel.

"I thought he was foolish to agree to testify", said Kennedy, pointing out that after a two-year investigation, Mueller did not make a determination on whether President Trump committed obstruction of justice and did not find evidence of collusion.

However, House Judiciary spokesperson Danny Schwarz told reporters Friday that Mueller's testimony is still on for July 17 as of now.

Mueller had been scheduled to appear on the morning of July 17 before the House Judiciary Committee and then that afternoon before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

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

Mueller's offer to delay comes as House Democrats on the Judiciary panel pressed their leaders for more time to question Mueller.

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

"This committee got rolled", he said.

Those members pressed the committee this week to try to get Mueller to commit to more time. Under the original plan, after the open hearing with Mueller, House Democrats had proposed to question Mueller and his top lieutenants in private for an hour.

"That's a decision that will be collectively be made, led by Chairman Jerry Nadler", said Representative Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat who suggested there could be a way for some lawmakers to participate without asking questions of Mueller.

House Intelligence has 22 members, about equal to the number of Judiciary members who were initially expected to question Mueller.

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