Published: Fri, July 12, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Robert Mueller public hearing may be delayed one week

Robert Mueller public hearing may be delayed one week

Although it's unclear why Mueller's testimony was delayed until July 24, lawmakers familiar with the matter said one reason was an ongoing negotiation about how long lawmakers would have to question the former special counsel.

Mueller had been scheduled to appear on the morning of July 17 before the House Judiciary Committee and then that afternoon before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

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

Lawmakers have been eager to grill the special counsel about his 22-month investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections and subsequent probe into whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct that investigation.

The Judiciary Committee also sought to interview former Mueller aides Aaron Zebley and James Quarles behind closed doors.

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"At this moment we still plan to have our hearing on the 17th and we will let you know if that changes", said Daniel Schwartz, spokesman for House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler.

Mueller is scheduled to testify before the two committees in open session. Democrats believed it was agreed to and that Mueller's team may have backed out under pressure from the Justice Department not to participate.

CNN reported that the House Judiciary Committee is discussing the delay to allow more time for Mueller to testify and that lawmakers are still negotiating. But due to five-minute questioning rules, only the most senior dozen or so Democrats and Republicans on Judiciary would get to ask questions, upsetting more junior members.

Those members pressed the committee this week to try to get Mueller to commit to more time.

Trump has claimed Mueller's report exonerated the president of collusion and obstruction.

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