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Lawmakers considering one-week delay in Mueller testimony

Lawmakers considering one-week delay in Mueller testimony Lawmakers considering one-week delay in Mueller testimony
Adrian Cunningham | 12 July, 2019, 21:41

Former special counsel Robert Mueller is offering to postpone his congressional testimony by one week to give lawmakers more time to question him about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

"Internal talks over the structure of the hearings originally scheduled for July 17 have been heating up for days, with some members complaining they might not have enough time carved out to ask questions", reports Fox News.

His offer to appear instead on July 24 is being considered by the congressional panels, according to multiple officials familiar with the discussions who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive talks.

CNN reported that the House Judiciary Committee is discussing the delay to allow more time for Mueller to testify and that lawmakers are still negotiating.

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The uncertainty presented a distraction for Democrats, who have billed Mueller's testimony as a potential watershed moment that could focus attention on segments of his 448-page report that raise troubling questions about Republican President Donald Trump's efforts to impede the federal investigation.

A spokesman for the House Judiciary Committee would not confirm the possible delay.

"I thought he was foolish to agree to testify", said Kennedy, pointing out that after a two-year investigation, Mueller did not make a determination on whether President Trump committed obstruction of justice and did not find evidence of collusion. But Representative Steve Cohen, a Democrat, told reporters they will not appear after the Justice Department directed them not to. Politico said some junior members of the 41-member Judiciary Committee would have been shut out. The committee is comprised of 24 Democratic members and 17 Republican members.

Mueller's investigation did not find evidence of collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump 2016 presidential campaign.