Published: Sun, July 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Democrats Delay Mueller Hearing to Allow More Time for Questioning

Democrats Delay Mueller Hearing to Allow More Time for Questioning

Trump has claimed Mueller's report exonerated the president of collusion and obstruction. Nadler heads the House Judiciary Committee and Schiff heads the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Mueller, who oversaw the federal investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, is now scheduled to testify on July 24 before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees, the panels' chairmen said in a statement.

The news was welcomed by members of both parties.

Judiciary Committee ranking member Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., complained on Wednesday that the panel had been divided into "haves and have-nots".

But many Democrats were also concerned that the limited time period of roughly two hours before each committee wouldn't be enough time for Mueller's testimony to have an impact.

The agreement, announced Friday evening by Reps.

"I appreciate news the chairman has taken seriously the concerns Judiciary Republicans raised this week".

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However, lawmakers are banking on public testimony to reveal the contents of the report to Americans who have not read it. He would not confirm whether Mueller's testimony, which was secured after a subpoena was issued to the former head of the Russian Federation probe into election interference, had been delayed.

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

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. But the reason for the change was not immediately clear.

In April, Mueller submitted the findings of his nearly two-year investigation to the Justice Division. "You got sleepy Joe Biden - he doesn't have the energy to be president".

The uncertainty was an unwelcome distraction for Democrats, who've billed Mueller's testimony as a possible watershed second that would focus consideration on segments of his 448-page report that increase questions on Republican President Donald Trump's efforts to impede the federal investigation. Additionally, there are rather obvious outstanding questions that go beyond the four corners of the report that only Mueller himself can answer.

Politico first reported that the hearing could be delayed up to one week, though that now appears to be unclear. The delay would be in exchange for more time for questioning.

This week, Attorney General William Barr suggested the deputies should not appear, and the DOJ has resisted having them testify before Congress. The subject of the Oversight Committee's hearing is a bill, proposed by Del. Barring that, individual members could yield their time to the member (s) who have been litigators themselves and thus better trained to ask the right questions and, more importantly, the right follow-up questions. These hearings are as much about individual members getting television time for the constituents back home as they are about finding out the truth, perhaps more.

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