Published: Mon, July 15, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

USA lawmakers will delay Mueller testimony by a week

USA lawmakers will delay Mueller testimony by a week

"A senior source said there was a "breakdown in negotiations" to have Mueller appear".

Mueller was originally scheduled to appear before the committee on July 17.

The House Judiciary and Intelligence committees are considering delaying the July 17 hearing as they negotiate with Mr Mueller's representatives and the Justice Department over the hearing's format, according to two people familiar with the talks.

Schiff's Intelligence Committee has 22 members, about equal to the number of Judiciary members who were initially expected to question Mueller.

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.

Still, the new terms publicized Friday evening appeared to have other limitations.

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

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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 separate person familiar with that testimony said that the person is David Archey, the senior Federal Bureau of Investigation official who was involved in Mueller's probe. The opinion of the department may make the two lawyers reluctant to comply with the House and provide them with a plausible reason to not appear before the panels.

In April, Mueller submitted the findings of his almost two-year investigation to the Justice Department.

In this May 29 photo, Robert Mueller speaks at the Department of Justice about the Russian Federation investigation. Many people have chalked this up to Mueller's by-the-book personality and his obvious desire not to get caught up in the partisan whirlwind that has developed around the report and the ongoing question of whether or not to begin impeachment proceedings against the President.

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. Additionally, there are rather obvious outstanding questions that go beyond the four corners of the report that only Mueller himself can answer.

The one-week delay scrambles preparations across Washington for what's one of the most high-profile hearings in years.

It's unclear whether Mueller's testimony will give Democratic investigations new momentum.

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