Robert Mueller Testimony Delayed Until July 24th

Clay Curtis
July 14, 2019

The top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, Representative Doug Collins, said he applauded the announcement of a longer hearing.

But politicians in both parties complained that the short length of the hearings would not allow enough time for all members to ask questions.

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

In all honesty, it's unclear exactly how much these two appearances by Mueller are going to reveal about the Russian Federation investigation are actually going to shed light on the investigation beyond what is already in his report. Judiciary has 41 members.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, House Democratic Caucus chairman and Judiciary member, told reporters he's continuing to operate under the assumption that Mr. Mueller will come to testify on July 17, as originally planned.

The reversal, after a day of negotiations with Mr. Mueller's associates, came as both Democrats and Republicans were deep in preparations for his testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees. The former special counsel will testify for "an extended period of time" on that date, Nadler and Schiff said.

However, the source said that the final plans and format for Mueller's testimony are still not set in stone and could change.

Two hours had been scheduled for each committee to inquire about Mueller's 448-page report, in which he concluded Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

Blackout in Midtown Manhattan
Police officers and civilians worked together to direct traffic while firetrucks and ambulances screamed down side streets. Twitter user Sahid Abraham posted a photo from Times Square that showed some of the famous electronic billboards dark.

One of the people said the hearing would be delayed a week, to July 24.

However, lawmakers are banking on public testimony to reveal the contents of the report to Americans who have not read it.

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. He did not say whether Trump obstructed justice during his probe, citing a Justice Department policy saying a sitting president can not be charged with a crime.

The Judiciary Committee additionally sought to interview former Mueller aides Aaron Zebley and James Quarles behind closed doorways on Wednesday.

In the news conference, Mueller indicated that it was up to Congress to decide what to do with his findings. Mueller said in a May news conference that charging a president with a crime was "not an option" because of longstanding Justice Department policy. The issue arose after some members were concerned that they wouldn't have time to ask Mr. Mueller questions under the time constraints. 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.

"I appreciate news the chairman has taken seriously the concerns Judiciary Republicans raised this week".

That means the committees may have to go through a lengthy court process to get more information.

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