Robert Mueller will not be testifying before Congress next week as House Dems hoped for.
Democrats were eyeing a May 15 testimony, however those tentative plans never materialized.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) told reporters on Friday that Robert Mueller will not testify before the Committee next week.
“We’re talking to the Department of Justice. We’re talking to Mueller. Hopefully he will come in. It won’t be next week,” Nadler said.
The New York Democrat then floated a subpoena threat, “He will come at some point. If necessary, we will subpoena him and he will come.”
NBC News reported last Friday that House Dems were in discussions directly with Mueller’s team. Previously, the Judiciary Committee had been in discussions with the Justice Department regarding Mueller’s hearing.
Attorney General Bill Barr said last Wednesday during the Senate hearing that he does not object to Mueller testifying before Congress, however, President Trump doesn’t want the special counsel to be given another opportunity to smear him and his associates.
The Democrats want Mueller to testify because they are looking for a “redo” Trump said on Sunday.
TRUMP: “After spending more than $35,000,000 over a two year period, interviewing 500 people, using 18 Trump Hating Angry Democrats & 49 FBI Agents – all culminating in a more than 400 page Report showing NO COLLUSION – why would the Democrats in Congress now need Robert Mueller to testify.” Trump said in a Tweet Sunday, adding, “Are they looking for a redo because they hated seeing the strong NO COLLUSION conclusion? There was no crime, except on the other side (incredibly not covered in the Report), and NO OBSTRUCTION. Bob Mueller should not testify. No redos for the Dems!
….to testify. Are they looking for a redo because they hated seeing the strong NO COLLUSION conclusion? There was no crime, except on the other side (incredibly not covered in the Report), and NO OBSTRUCTION. Bob Mueller should not testify. No redos for the Dems!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 5, 2019
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