Robert Mueller public hearing to be delayed one week

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 14, 2019

Mueller had been scheduled to testify July 17 about the findings of his Russian Federation investigation.

Lawmakers started to contemplate a delay when Judiciary Committee members noticed that lots of the panel's much less senior lawmakers wouldn't get time to ask questions. Politico said some junior members of the 41-member Judiciary Committee would have been shut out. While Mueller's hearing is hotly anticipated on Capitol Hill, securing his appearance has been an arduous affair for congressional Democrats, as the special counsel did not want to appear before Congress - and said so publicly in his only public statement delivered on his final day as special counsel.

Representative Pramila Jayapal, a Democratic member of the committee, said she agreed with a potential move to allow all members time to question Mueller.

Mueller and House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler have been negotiating the framework of the hearing for weeks and announced yesterday that the special counsel's testimony, initially scheduled for next Wednesday, July 17, would last no more than two hours.

(AP) Special counsel Robert Mueller's report found that Russian Federation waged a "sweeping and systematic" influence campaign during the 2016 election with the goal of electing Mr Trump, but did not establish a conspiracy between Mr Trump's campaign and Moscow. It said no collusion, and it said, effectively, no obstruction.

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

"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.

In the news conference, Mueller indicated that it was up to Congress to decide what to do with his findings.

One of the people said the hearing would be delayed a week.

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

Committee Democrats also wanted the extra time after learning the Justice Department would attempt to block their additional request for closed door questioning with two of Mueller's top deputies: James Quarles and Aaron Zebley.

Republican protests about the arrangements boiled over earlier this week, when Republicans accused Schiff of upstaging the Judiciary Committee, despite its primary jurisdiction over special counsel investigations. It isn't clear when new hearings might take place.

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

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