Jul 13, 2019

Mueller's testimony delayed another week

Robert Mueller testifies in 2013. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The House Judiciary and House Intelligence committees delayed Robert Mueller's testimony for another week on Friday, giving lawmakers additional time for questioning, NBC's Alex Moe reports.

The big picture: Mueller is now expected to testify Wednesday, July 24. His public testimony has long been the white whale for Democratic leaders who have staved off calls to impeach President Trump until they can further "educate the public" on the contents of the special counsel's report.

Where it stands: Mueller's testimony is not anticipated to be a bombshell for anyone who has read his report. Each committee will have 3 hours to ask Mueller questions — after Republicans and Democrats complained they would not have enough time to question Mueller on July 17.

  • Under the old agreement, Mueller would have testified for 2 hours in front of each committee — which rattled members who would not have been able to ask any questions.
  • Several Dem committee members told Axios they saw the 2-hour time limit as Attorney General Barr walling them off from Mueller and his team.
  • Judiciary committee Democrats intend to dig into the 10 times that Trump potentially obstructed justice in the Mueller report, per WaPo.

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Mueller's day on the Hill

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Former special counsel Robert Mueller will make his much-hyped appearance on Capitol Hill Wednesday, but neither party expects to learn anything new from Mueller's 5-plus hours of public testimony, according to conversations with more than a dozen members of Congress and staffers involved in the hearing preparations.

The bottom line: Each party sees the hearings as a political opportunity — whether it be Democrats trying to stoke support for impeachment or Republicans seeking to sow distrust in the Justice Department's Russia investigation.

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The Trump claims that Robert Mueller rebutted in his testimony

Mueller testifies before the House Select Committee on Intelligence on July 24, 2019. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

In his testimony Wednesday, former special counsel Robert Mueller disputed 5 of President Trump's frequent claims about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and the president's potential efforts to obstruct justice.

The big picture: Many of the claims Mueller knocked down were already refuted in his 450-page report, but Democrats were seeking to animate the special counsel's findings through Wednesday's high-stakes testimony. That was clear from the moment that Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) opened the hearing with his line of questioning.

Go deeperArrowJul 24, 2019

The 9 big moments from Robert Mueller's House testimony

Robert Mueller prepares to testify before the House Judiciary Committee. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Former special counsel Robert Mueller testified Wednesday in back-to-back sessions before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees.

The big picture: Mueller — who refused to read directly from the report during his appearances, denied Democrats some of the cinematic wins they'd hoped for — was generally concise with his responses, often asking members to repeat their questions and directing them to refer to the wording in his report.

Go deeperArrowUpdated Jul 24, 2019