Robert Mueller Agrees to Testify Before House

Public hearings will take place July 17
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2019 12:40 AM CDT
In this March 24, 2019 photo, Robert Mueller walks past the White House after attending St. John's Episcopal Church for morning services,.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
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(Newser) – Robert Mueller has been reluctant to testify before the House—but he has decided not to defy subpoenas. The former special counsel has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committees on July 17 after being subpoenaed by both committees, CNN reports. The public hearings are expected to be a televised spectacle that, with at least 80 House Democrats calling for impeachment proceedings, could determine the future of the Trump presidency, reports the New York Times. "The American public deserves to hear directly from you about your investigation and conclusions," Democratic committee chairmen Rep. Jerrold Nadler and Rep. Adam Schiff wrote to Mueller on Tuesday.

The big question is how much Mueller—who is no longer a Justice Department employee—will be willing to say. He has repeatedly said his report should speak for itself, and is unlikely to tell the committees whether the evidence he uncovered would have been enough to charge Trump with obstruction of justice if he wasn't president, the Washington Post reports. We "don't want to set unrealistic expectations," Schiff tells the Post. "We want to hear what he has to say, and I think it’s very important for the American people to hear from him as well. But there are a great many other witnesses that the American people need to hear from in addition to Bob Mueller." Trump's only response so far was a tweet Tuesday night: "Presidential Harassment!" (Read more Robert Mueller stories.)

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