Published: Thu, June 27, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Mueller to testify publicly before House committees July 17

Mueller to testify publicly before House committees July 17

The former special counsel has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committees on July 17 after being subpoenaed by both committees, CNN reports.

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

Mueller broke a almost two-year silence when he made a brief public statement at the Department of Justice in late May.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) has already said he will try to get Mueller to discuss where he disagrees with Attorney General William P. Barr's framing of his report.

In a letter to Mueller, Nadler and Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff wrote that they "understand that there are certain sensitivities associated with your open testimony".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi welcomed Mueller's testimony, citing concerns about the next election and saying lawmakers have a "patriotic duty to follow the facts, so we can protect our democracy". He said there will be two hearings "back to back", one for each committee, and they will also meet with him in closed session afterward. During his statement in May, Mueller said he would not testify before Congress.

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It's unclear what he'll add to his 448-page report, most of which has been public for two months.

The Department of Justice concluded that Mueller did not have "sufficient" evidence to support a charge in the obstruction case, a move that has drawn scrutiny by Democrats.

The special counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify before Congress next month.

For his part, President Trump has insisted Congress can not impeach him and claimed the Mueller report contained fabricated testimony. "Robert Mueller terminated their text messages...they're gone, and that's illegal...that's a crime..." . However, he had also said that he wished to no speak publicly on the matter.

Trump on Wednesday repeated his false claim that Mueller's findings exonerated him ― a claim likely to be called into question when Mueller testifies.

It will be the first time Mueller has been questioned by Congress over his report into Russian interference in the USA election.

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