Robert Mueller's congressional testimony may be delayed

Democrats Delay Mueller Hearing to Allow More Time for Questioning

Robert Mueller Testimony Delayed Until July 24th

With extended time for Mr Mueller to testify, the back-to-back hearings, now scheduled for 24 July, are expected to be a pivotal moment in the House panels' investigations into Donald Trump. "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".

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. The issue arose after some members were concerned that they wouldn't have time to ask Mr. Mueller questions under the time constraints.

Mueller's highly anticipated appearance was pushed back at his request, Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said in a joint statement.

"Special Counsel Robert Mueller, in his first public appearance since being appointed to lead the Russian Federation investigation, said it was "not an option" to charge President Trump with a crime, per Department of Justice policy, but maintained that if they had "confidence" that the president did not commit a crime, they 'would have said so, '" reports Fox News.

Mueller had been scheduled to testify July 17 before two house committees about the findings of his Russian Federation investigation.

Politico first reported that the hearing could be delayed up to one week, though that now appears to be unclear.

Before the calls for appearing before the Congress by the Democrats, Mueller had said that he had decided not to testify before the Judiciary by himself. More junior Democrats on the committee had also registered complaints, arguing that it was unfair to leave them out of such a closely watched event. 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.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal said it would be "ideal" if all members were able to ask their questions.

After Nadler and Schiff's announcement, the top Republican on the Judiciary panel, Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, said: "I appreciate news the chairman has taken seriously the concerns Judiciary Republicans raised this week". In the news conference, Mueller indicated that it was up to Congress to decide what to do with his findings.

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.

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