Special counsel Robert Mueller’s hearing could be delayed

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s hearing could be delayed

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s hearing could be delayed

Former special counsel Robert Mueller is offering to postpone his congressional testimony by one week to give lawmakers more time to question him about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump.

The Mueller report said investigators found insufficient evidence to show a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation to influence the election and reached no conclusion about whether Trump obstructed justice - despite laying out episodes of the president apparently seeking to stymie the investigation.

Mueller has been scheduled to appear on July 17 before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, in back-to-back sessions where 22 members from each committee would get to question the special counsel.

"I'll be disappointed, but I'm hopeful", Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Madeleine Dean, a Judiciary Committee member, said Thursday. Politico was the first to report about the delay.

Mueller, who oversaw the federal investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, is now expected to testify July 24 before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees, sources familiar with the plan said on the condition of anonymity because talks are continuing.

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.

Lawmakers familiar with the matter told the news outlet that one reason for the delay was a negotiation about how much time they would have to question Mueller.

"Nothing the report said will change between now and July 24th". July 17 was the date penciled in, but it could be delayed a week to accommodate time for more questions from both Democrats and Republicans.

Rank-and-file Judiciary members were publicly and privately pressing the committee to seek a longer hearing with Mueller.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler declined to comment on Friday as he left Capitol Hill. But Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) held a short press gaggle outside the judiciary hearing room.

As his hearing approached, junior members have been grousing about their apparent inability to get the chance to ask questions in the tight format. 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.

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