Published: Wed, June 26, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

House Democrats Subpoena Robert Mueller to Testify in Open Committee Hearing

House Democrats Subpoena Robert Mueller to Testify in Open Committee Hearing

The chairs of the House Judiciary and Intel Committees announced tonight that special counsel Robert Mueller is set to publicly testify next month.

The House Judiciary and Intelligence committees, in a late-night announcement on Tuesday, said that "pursuant to a subpoena" Mueller has agreed to appear before both panels on July 17. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Adam Schiff (D-CA) said in a statement.

Within the Judiciary committee, both Republicans and Democrats were in favor of Mueller appearing, although the former seemed more hopeful it would be the final chapter.

Mueller's report, released publicly in April, found Russia meddled in the 2016 US presidential election and that Republican President Donald Trump's election campaign had multiple contacts with Russian officials.

In a letter to Mueller, the Democratic chairmen said that they understood Mueller's concerns about ongoing investigations referred by the special counsel, but still felt it was necessary for him to testify.

Mueller has spoken in public only once about his investigation, making a statement to reporters at the Justice Department in May.

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Mueller's testimony is certain to provide the headline-grabbing, made-for-cable-television testimony that Democrats have been craving since the release of the 448-page, redacted report on April 18.

"The report is my testimony", Mueller said. He also has asserted executive privilege over Mueller's unredacted report to deny Congress the full document.

"Russia attacked our democracy to help Trump win. I hope the special counsel's testimony marks an end to the political gamesmanship that Judiciary Democrats have pursued at great cost to taxpayers", Collins said.

Mr. Nadler, meanwhile, told CNN he won't allow the White House and Justice Department to restrict Mr. Mueller's testimony.

Mueller indicated in his short public statement weeks ago that any testimony from his office "would not go beyond our report".

Rep. Ro Khanna, a prominent progressive lawmaker who's backed Mrs. Pelosi, said Tuesday that the Mueller subpoena was a sign that she's got the right approach. After months of the Trump administration stonewalling their efforts to conduct oversight, they finally have procured a star witness that they believe will give them the public platform to highlight the President's misconduct.

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