Special Counsel Robert Mueller Will Testify Publicly Before House Panels

Robert Mueller to testify before Congress

Special Counsel Robert Mueller

On Tuesday, the House Judiciary and House Intelligence Committees subpoenaed Mueller to testify on July 17 about his report on the Russian Federation investigation.

President Trump responded Wednesday to news former special counsel Robert Mueller will testify before Congress over his "No Collusion" final report; saying the witch hunt "never ends" for Democrats.

Schiff and Nadler said they issued the subpoenas Tuesday, and Mueller agreed to testify pursuant to those subpoenas.

SCHIFF: Well, we have him for the day before the two committees.

The North Carolina congressman added that Mueller "better be prepared" because he will be "cross-examined for the first time, and the American people will start to see the flaws in his report". If his office were to be dragged up to the Hill, he warned, any testimony "would not go beyond our report".

On June 25, Nadler and Schiff compelled Mueller, through a subpoena, to appear before Congress to testify on the findings of his report on the investigation into the alleged collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to interfere with the 2016 presidential elections. But beyond these few remarks, it is important that the office's written work speak for itself. "I would not provide information beyond what is already public in any appearance before Congress".

According to the statement, Mueller has agreed to testify before both the House Judiciary Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on July 17.

The session, sure to be televised live, sets up one of the most dramatic hearings of the Trump presidency - and a confrontation between Democrats, who have been pursuing investigations of the President since they took control of the House, and Mr Trump's Republican supporters, who dismissed the inquiries as fishing expeditions. And then there are a bunch of other questions, including counterintelligence questions, that Democrats want to get into. The Justice Department declined to comment. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., questioned why they would still want to hear from Mueller after the lengthy report was issued. And we have questions about perjury, we have questions about the obstruction of justice issues, which will predominantly be handled, I think, in the Judiciary Committee while we focus on the issue of conspiracy.

On that point, though, Nadler said he doubts any such efforts would eventually succeed.

Mr Mueller said in his report that he could not conclude whether Mr Trump's 2016 campaign conspired with Russian Federation and also could not exonerate the President over attempts to obstruct the investigation. However, he had also said that he wished to no speak publicly on the matter. He also has asserted executive privilege over Mueller's unredacted report to deny Congress the full document. And some Democrats are also downplaying expectations, apparently fearing they will fail to produce a dramatic breakthrough moment. That's something that, of course, House leadership, including Chairman Schiff and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have been reluctant to head down that path. Supporters of opening the impeachment process hope that his open testimony will help galvanize their effort. No - Do you stand by your report?

Others were more cautious on what the testimony could achieve. And that's not an answer that you get from a single witness, so I think Mr. Collins' hope in one hearing is misplaced. Legislators are likely to confront Mr Mueller on why he did not come to a firm conclusion on obstruction of justice. It was completely open to him to resist the subpoena with the sort of bad-faith, even ludicrous legal argument that is now the reflexive strategy of the White House and the Justice Department.

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