Special counsel Robert Mueller's hearing could be delayed

Special counsel Robert Mueller's hearing could be delayed

Mueller had been scheduled to appear on the morning of July 17 before the House Judiciary Committee and then that afternoon before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), a Judiciary Committee member and the chair of the House Democratic Caucus, had expressed concern that some lawmakers would not be able to question the special counsel as a result of time constraints. To prepare for next week's high stakes hearing with Mueller, some Democratic members and staff are watching old video of his previous testimony.

On Thursday, Rep. Doug Collins, top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, praised the news of Mueller's scheduled testimony.

Many members of the Judiciary Committee were concerned that two hours is insufficient time to discuss even half of the 10 areas of potential obstruction of justice by Trump identified in the Mueller report. "After a brief break, the House Intelligence Committee will convene for additional public testimony beginning at 12:00 p.m".

U.S. Particular Counsel Robert Mueller makes a press release on his investigation into Russian interference within the 2016 U.S. presidential election on the Justice Division in Washington, U.S., Might 29, 2019.

Democrats want to highlight each of those 10 episodes in their hearing, well aware that most of the public has not read the report. He did not say whether Trump obstructed justice during his probe, citing a Justice Department policy saying a sitting president can not be charged with a crime.

"They want to hurt the president for the election, because I see what I'm running against", Mr. Trump said before the hearing was rescheduled.

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A Judiciary Committee spokesman emphasized that next week's hearing is still on the books. The deputies will not be testifying behind closed doors when Mueller appears.

He had expressed his reluctance to testify, and has said he won't go beyond his Russian Federation probe report.

But Mueller refrained from recommending criminal charges against the president, saying he had no power to do so.

The closed-door testimony of the deputies was a significant hang-up as negotiations dragged on Friday to delay Mueller's testimony, according to a source familiar with the discussions.

Republican protests about the arrangements boiled over earlier this week, when Republicans accused Schiff of upstaging the Judiciary Committee, despite its primary jurisdiction over special counsel investigations. "The new format will allow all Judiciary Republicans to question the special counsel on July 24". It isn't clear when new hearings might take place.

During his comments, Mueller said he had no further plans to speak publicly on matters that were addressed in his more than 400-page report.

That means the committees may have to go through a lengthy court process to get more information.

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