Mueller Testimony Is Delayed One Week

Cheryl Sanders
July 14, 2019

The former special counsel's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee has been pushed back from July 17th until July 24th, just two days before a six-week House recess.

As his hearing approached, junior members have been grousing about their apparent inability to get the chance to ask questions in the tight format.

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director is perhaps the one person lawmakers and the nation have been wanting to hear from most. The people requested anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly.

Mueller, in his only public statement since the conclusion of the investigation, said that any testimony would not go beyond his 448-page report, which was submitted in March and made public (minus redactions) in April.

The Mueller report said investigators found insufficient evidence to show a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation to influence the 2016 election and reached no conclusion about whether Trump obstructed justice - despite laying out episodes of the president apparently seeking to stymie the investigation. At 12:00 p.m. EDT the House Intelligence Committee will begin its hearing.

Under the new arrangement, Mr Mueller will testify for three hours before the House Judiciary Committee from 8:30 am, and then before the House Intelligence Committee from noon.

The Judiciary Committee also sought to interview former Mueller aides Aaron Zebley and James Quarles behind closed doors. He would not confirm whether Mueller's testimony, which was secured after a subpoena was issued to the former head of the Russian Federation probe into election interference, had been delayed. 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.

"You're disenfranchising everyone", Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said Friday.

The questions surrounding the hearing threatened to distract from the Democrats' intended goal: highlighting the contents of Mueller's 448-page report for Americans who they believe have not read it.

"We will use this postponement to nationalize our efforts, giving national attention to the disenfranchisement of D.C. residents and to continue to build support for the bill in the House, Senate and across the country", Norton said.

On Friday, Democratic congressman Jerry Nadler, chairperson of the House Judiciary Committee, said the committee was considering issuing articles of impeachment against Trump, but that "no final determination has been made".

"If we had had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so", Mueller stated at a May news conference.

But Mueller refrained from recommending criminal charges against the president, saying he had no power to do so.

But many Democrats were also concerned that the limited time period of roughly two hours before each committee wouldn't be enough time for Mueller's testimony to have an impact.

"I appreciate news the chairman has taken seriously the concerns Judiciary Republicans raised this week". But Democrats have had little success so far in their attempts to probe his findings as the White House has blocked several witnesses from answering questions.

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