Lawmakers make deal to delay Mueller hearing one week

Mueller hearing might be delayed and lengthened so more members can question him

Mueller, who oversaw the federal investigation into alleged Russian interference within the 2016 USA presidential election, is now scheduled to testify on July 24 earlier than the Home Judiciary and Intelligence committees, the panels' chairmen mentioned in a press release. Under the initial plans, each committee had just two hours with Mueller. At 12:00 p.m. EDT the House Intelligence Committee will begin its hearing.

Mueller will appear before the House of Representatives for five hours to respond to the queries of the panel on his report on the Russian interference, an hour more than previously planned for the July 17 appearance.

He said he had decided himself that "any testimony from this office will not go beyond our report", during a statement read at the Department of Justice.

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.

In his first and only public statement, made just prior to his formal resignation at the close of the Russian Federation investigation, Mueller stated that he would prefer to let the report speak for itself, leading many to expect that his testimony is not going to be as revelatory as many are hoping for. However, congressional Democrats made it clear that they wanted to hear from him regarding the investigation and report. The former special counsel will testify for "an extended period of time" on that date, Nadler and Schiff said. It said no collusion, and it said, effectively, no obstruction.

"Charging the president with a crime was not an option we could consider", he said at the time. But Democrats want to know more about how he made that decision and when.

The official did not name that person.

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

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. In the news conference, Mueller indicated that it was up to Congress to decide what to do with his findings. But Democrats have had little success so far in their attempts to investigate, despite launching several probes, because the White House has blocked several witnesses from answering questions.

"This committee got rolled", he said. However, the extensive redactions in the publicly released version of the report have given Trump's opponents hope that the document may contain something that they can use to support their allegations of a wrongful victory in the presidential race, Sputnik reported.



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