United States lawmakers will delay Mueller testimony by a week


"The House Judiciary Committee will convene on July 24 at 8:30 a.m. with Special Counsel Mueller testifying in public for three hours".

Mueller's limited availability meant restrictions on the amount of time for some members to ask questions and also made it appear that some members wouldn't be able to speak at all.

Republicans spent Thursday and Friday blasting Democrats for reaching a deal that did not allow all committee members to question the former special counsel.

Many members of the Judiciary Committee were concerned that two hours is insufficient time to discuss even half of the 10 areas of potential obstruction of justice by Trump identified in the Mueller report.

The agreement will also give Mr Mueller more time to prepare for the rigorous questioning.

"We will use this postponement to nationalize our efforts, giving national attention to the disenfranchisement of D.C. residents and to continue to build support for the bill in the House, Senate and across the country", Norton said.

Two hours had been scheduled for each committee to inquire about Mueller's 448-page report, in which he concluded Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

Democrats want to highlight each of those 10 episodes in their hearing, well aware that most of the public has not read the report. Jerry Nadler arrives at a hearing in which former White House Counsel Don McGahn was subpoenaed to testify, May 21, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

"If we had had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so", Mueller stated at a May news conference.

Rank-and-file Judiciary members were publicly and privately pressing the committee to seek a longer hearing with Mueller.

Mueller's only public comments on the investigation came in May, when he did not clear Trump of wrongdoing and reaffirmed his reluctance to testify in front of Congress.

In the news conference, Mueller indicated that it was up to Congress to decide what to do with his findings.

But Mueller refrained from recommending criminal charges against the president, saying he had no power to do so.

One of the people said the hearing would be delayed a week, to July 24.

The closed-door testimony of the deputies was a significant hang-up as negotiations dragged on Friday to delay Mueller's testimony, according to a source familiar with the discussions.

The ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee released a statement after Democrats announced the format for the Mueller hearing. And those on the Judiciary Committee who weren't in line to get questions were up in arms they might not get their shot to question Mueller with millions tuning in.