Robert Mueller public hearing may be delayed one week

Robert Mueller public hearing may be delayed one week

Robert Mueller public hearing may be delayed one week

Former special counsel Robert Mueller's highly anticipated testimony on Capitol Hill next week may be delayed by a week amid negotiations on the length of his hearings before two House panels, according to multiple reports.

Both committees last month issued subpoenas to Mueller amid his resistance to House Democrats who wanted him to testify before cameras about his probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Lawmakers made conflicting statements about the hearing on Friday afternoon.

One of the people said the hearing would be delayed a week, to July 24. Under the original plan, after the open hearing with Mueller, House Democrats had proposed to question Mueller and his top lieutenants in private for an hour. The delay would be in exchange for more time for questioning.

The committees have not officially announced any format. 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.

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

Kennedy said Mueller may be "exercising more wisdom than zeal" and trying to avoid the "political trap". And those on the Judiciary Committee who weren't in line to get questions were up in arms they might not get their shot to question Mueller with millions tuning in. "We have been arguing for as much time as we can get".

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Democrats want to highlight each of those 10 episodes in their hearing, well aware that most of the public has not read the report.

A Democratic aide now says that date date has now been moved until June 24.

"That's a decision that will be collectively made, led by Chairman Jerry Nadler", said Representative Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat who suggested there could be a way for some lawmakers to participate without asking questions of Mueller.

News of the delay perplexed some Judiciary Committee members, who seemed unsure exactly what had happened or where the negotiations between the committee and Mueller stood.

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. Under the current agreement, Mueller would appear for two hours each before the Judiciary and Intelligence Committees. Judiciary has 41 members.

Over the almost two-year investigation, the special counsel charged 34 people, including 26 Russian nationals, and secured guilty pleas from seven, including several high-level Trump campaign and administration officials.

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

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