Special counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify publicly following a subpoena from the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees.
Judiciary Committee Chairmen Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said that Mueller had agreed to testify next month in a news release issued late Tuesday.
Nadler said in a statement,
“Pursuant to subpoenas issued by the House Judiciary and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence tonight, Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III has agreed to testify before both Committees on July 17 in open session.”
“Americans have demanded to hear directly from the Special Counsel, so they can understand what he and his team examined, uncovered, and determined about Russia’s attack on our democracy, the Trump campaign’s acceptance and use of that help, and President Trump and his associates’ obstruction of the investigation into that attack.”
In particular, the Special Counsel’s Office referred several criminal investigations to other offices at the Department of Justice, and certain matters are ongoing. Your office, moreover, admirably limited public comment while the Special Counsel’s Office’s work was ongoing. You have also explained that you prefer for the Special Counsel’s Office’s written work to speak for itself.”
Schiff said on The Rachel Maddow Show Tuesday night on MSNBC that Mueller did not want to testify, but will respect the subpoena to testify in open session. Mueller’s staff will speak to the committees in a closed session after Mueller’s public testimony.
“Clearly this is something, I think from his perspective as prosecutor, he is reluctant to come, as a prosecutor normally would be. But as Bob Mueller was the first to point out in his own report, he did not make a traditional prosecutorial judgement.
It seemed like such an obvious step, from my own point of view, if you’re going accept the role as special counsel in one of the most significant investigations in modern history, you’re going to have to expect that you’re going to be asked to come to testify before Congress.”
Ever since the 448-page redacted report was released in April, lawmakers had been in talks with Mueller so that he could testify before Congress publicly. When Mueller spoke publicly for the first time about the Russia investigation in late May, he indicated that he did not want to testify before Congress.
“I hope and expect that this is the only time that I will speak to you in this manner.
There has been discussion about an appearance before Congress. Any testimony from this office will not go beyond our report. It contains our findings and analysis and the reasons for the decisions we made. The work speaks for itself. The report is my testimony.”
The forthcoming testimony by Mueller comes as those backing the initiation of an impeachment inquiry of Trump continues to increase, with 76 Democrats in favor as well as one Republican.
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