Mueller hearing could be delayed 1 week, reports say

Mueller hearing could be delayed 1 week, reports say

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller (FBI photo)

WASHINGTON – The scheduled July 17 testimony of Special Counsel Robert S. III Mueller III before two House Committees may be delayed until July 24, according to multiple media reports.

Mueller is scheduled to testify Thursday before the House Judiciary Committee from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence from noon to 2:30 p.m. Both hearings are in open session.

CNN first reported the possible delay. However, a spokesperson for Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) told the network that negotiations are ongoing and that no official decision has been made.

Throughout the week lawmakers have expressed concern that the time constraints could limit the number of members on each panel who would be able to ask questions.

Some members have requested that Mueller appear in closed session as well.

No agreement has been reached on that front but should it go forward, it is unclear whether Mueller or members of his investigative team would be answering questions. It is also unclear whether private testimony would be held jointly or at separate intervals.

The committees subpoenaed Mueller last month to testify about his 400-plus page report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. A redacted version of the report was released on April 18.

Mueller had said that 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 in May, 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 and has repeated the chorus, “No collusion, no obstruction,” at news conferences and on Twitter since Mueller released his report.

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