Former US Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who has been scheduled to testify before House Intelligence and House Judiciary Committees on July 17, agreed to give congressmen more time for the interrogation, reported the Washington Post Friday.
According to the report, Mueller and House Committees’ Chairmen agreed to change the date of the testimony and extend the questioning time. Previously lawmaker were worried that the time set for Mueller’s testimony would not be sufficient to discuss every topic they wanted to cover. Mueller in his report identified 10 episodes of possible obstruction of justice by the sitting US President Donald Trump.
“Former special counsel Robert Mueller and two House panels struck a deal Friday to reschedule his congressional testimony for July 24 and agreed to give lawmakers more time to question him about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice by President Trump.
Mueller will testify beginning 8:30 a.m. on July 24, the two committees announced late Friday, for an ‘extended period of time’.”
Mueller would testify before two Committees in one day. Members of the House Judiciary Committee get to question former special counsel first. It was previously reported that only 22 out of 41 Committee members will be allowed to ask questions. The interrogation would last for about three hours. Then Mueller would give testimony to the Intelligence panel.
In a joint statement released Friday, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler and Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said that Mueller’s testimony “will allow the American public to gain further insight into the special counsel’s investigation and the evidence uncovered regarding Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and President Trump’s possible obstruction of justice and abuse of power.”
President Trump told reporters Friday that Mueller would not say anything new. “He’s written a report. It said no collusion, and it said, effectively, no obstruction.”
“They want to do it again and again because they want to hurt the president before the election.”
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website