USA lawmakers will delay Mueller testimony by a week

House considering a delay of Robert Mueller’s testimony

House considering a delay of Robert Mueller’s testimony

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 subject of the Oversight Committee's hearing is a bill, proposed by Del. All members - Democrats and Republicans - of both committees will have a meaningful opportunity to question the Special Counsel in public, and the American people will finally have an opportunity to hear directly from Mr. Mueller about what his investigation uncovered.

The news was welcomed by members of both parties. But Democrats want to know more about how he made that decision and when.

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

The top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, Representative Doug Collins, said he applauded the announcement of a longer hearing.

However, the source said that the final plans and format for Mueller's testimony are still not set in stone and could change.

In the report, he said they didn't find evidence of a criminal conspiracy but said they also weren't exonerating Trump of obstructing justice, and included 10 instances in which the president tried to derail his investigation.

"But the bigger point, which I said yesterday, is that we need Mueller to come in and testify and that's what we're focused on finalizing", the Washington Democrat said.

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller makes a statement on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election at the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., May 29, 2019.

Democrats who favor impeachment efforts against President Trump have hoped that testimony by Mueller about his report's findings would further fuel their effort.

Under the deal, Mueller will testify for three hours starting at 8:30 a.m. on July 24 about his probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and potential obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump. Additionally, there are rather obvious outstanding questions that go beyond the four corners of the report that only Mueller himself can answer.

In a statement Saturday, Norton said she asked Chairman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) for the delay, which he accepted. The delay would be in exchange for more time for questioning. While every member of the smaller Intelligence panel was expected to be able to question Mueller, fewer than half of Democrats and Republicans on the Judiciary panel would have been able to do so in the original two-hour timeframe.

Attorney General William Barr had expressed a desire this week that the deputies not testify, and the Justice Department was resisting their appearances.