WASHINGTON – After being served with a subpoena, Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III has agreed to publicly testify before two congressional committees next month, the chairs of the House Judiciary Committee and House Intelligence Committee announced late-Tuesday evening.
“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,” Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said in a joint statement.
They added: “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.”
Democrats have called on Mueller to testify since April when he released a redacted version of his 400-plus page report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. However, Mueller said he did not want to testify and that if subpoenaed he would not elaborate beyond what his report says.
Mueller said in his report that he did not find evidence of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Mueller did not make a determination as to whether obstruction had occurred.
However, at a news conference last month, Mueller suggested that President Trump was not charged with obstruction because of Justice Department regulations that prohibit the indictment of a sitting president. It was the first time Mueller spoke publicly about the 22-month investigation, which concluded in March.
Trump has stringently denied allegations of wrongdoing.