Congress Delays Robert Mueller Hearings Amid Dispute Over Time For Questions

Lawrence Kim
July 12, 2019

Special counsel Robert Mueller spoke at the Department of Justice on May 29 about the Russian Federation investigation.

Sen. John Kennedy said the Mueller report is "as dead as fried chicken" amid reports that the former special counsel's testimony to two House committees could be delayed by a week. As initially planned, each committee would have had just two hours to question Mueller, and more junior lawmakers on the Judiciary panel would have been shut out.

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

Mueller has been scheduled to appear on July 17 before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, in back-to-back sessions where 22 members from each committee would get to question the special counsel. Under the tentative agreement, which was described to POLITICO by lawmakers briefed on the talks, the Judiciary Committee would be granted an extra hour to question Mueller. Democrats believed it was agreed to and that Mueller's team may have backed out under pressure from the Justice Department not to participate.

"Mueller, who investigated Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and issued a report finding no evidence of collusion with President Trump, has been scheduled to testify before both the Judiciary and Intelligence committees after being subpoenaed by the panels last month", adds the website. "We have been arguing for as much time as we can get". The committees appeared on track to restrict the amount of time that members could speak or which members in attendance might be able to question Mueller.

Republican protests about the arrangements boiled over earlier this week, when Republicans accused House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff of upstaging the Judiciary Committee, despite its primary jurisdiction over special counsel investigations. It made no final recommendation on whether there was obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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