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Robert Mueller to testify publicly on Trump before Congress

Robert Mueller on February 16, 2011, as he testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in Washington, D.C. (James Berglie/Zuma Press/TNS)

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify before two congressional committees after receiving a subpoena.

Mueller will testify before the House Judiciary Committee and House Intelligence Committee on July 17 in open testimony, the chairmen of the two entities, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced late Tuesday.

He agreed in response to a subpoena the committees issued.

“Pursuant to subpoenas issued by the House Judiciary and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence tonight, Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III has agreed to testify before both Committees on July 17 in open session,” their joint statement read.

“Americans have demanded to hear directly from the Special Counsel so they can understand what he and his team examined, uncovered, and determined about Russia’s attack on our democracy, the Trump campaign’s acceptance and use of that help, and President Trump and his associates’ obstruction of the investigation into that attack,” Nadler and Schiff said. “We look forward to hearing his testimony, as do all Americans.”

Mueller recently concluded a two-year investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. Presidential election that put Donald Trump into office.

Acknowledging Mueller’s expressed preference for letting his work speak for itself, as well as “certain sensititivies” inherent in open testimony given ongoing investigations in other government departments, Nadler and Schiff said they would work around those constraints.

“The American public deserves to hear directly from you about your investigation and conclusions,” they said. “We will work with you to address legitimate concerns about preserving the integrity of your work, but we expect that you will appear before our Committees as scheduled.”

Schiff told Politico that that Mueller deputies and staff would also brief lawmakers in a closed session.

Mueller’s heavily redacted report was issued in April.


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