Lawmakers on capitol hill may have to wait a little longer to before they get a chance to question former special counsel Robert Mueller. Although Mueller was scheduled to appear before Congress next week, it appears his in-person testimony about his report related to Russian interference in the 2016 election will be postponed, sources told CNN.
This is the second-time Mueller seems to want to delay his scheduled appearance before Congress. Back in July, Mueller was scheduled to appear before lawmakers but declined to show up at the last minute.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler’s spokesman Daniel Schwarz, though, claims the that the currently scheduled Mueller testimony is still slotted to happen.
He told reporters Friday, “At this moment we still plan to have our hearing on the 17th, and we will let you know if that changes.”
Mueller was last publicly seen when he addressed reporters at the Justice Department last May for almost ten minutes. He said he had no intention of testifying in person before Congress, claiming his report was his testimony and he was retiring into private life.
Some Republicans, though, do not really believe that Democrats want Mueller to testify in person, especially after seeing Mueller’s poor performance at the Justice Department presser.
Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs said last month that Democrats went after Attorney General Bill Barr for contempt of Congress right away when the Justice Department did not hand over information pertaining to the Mueller report.
Although Biggs wondered why Mueller was not sent a subpoena back in June, Democrats eventually sent a subpoena to compel Mueller to testify on July 17. The subpoena was reportedly described as “friendly,” in that it was scheduled to happen all along, Fox News reported, House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff disputed this description.
Biggs argued that Democrats, though, “were not going to hold [Muelller] in contempt. We’re not going to have a private interview with Mr. Mueller and Mr. Mueller basically said, ‘I’m not coming in.’”
He added, “So, we’re trying to let our counterpart on the other side actually try to run the committee and, at the same time, we’re trying to leverage and put pressure on chairman Nadler to bring these people in. So far it’s not working.”