It looks like Special Counsel Robert Mueller's highly-anticipated congressional testimony may be getting a delay.
Mueller was set to testify on his report into Russian interference in the 2016 election before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee on July 17. But CNN is reporting that the Judiciary committee is now discussing pushing the testimony by a week until the following Wednesday, July 24.
This, CNN reports, would be to "allow more time for Mueller to testify." The Hill also reports that a delay to the testimony is "likely," noting that Mueller was originally set to testify for about two hours for both committees, with not all lawmakers having the opportunity to ask questions. Politico's Jake Sherman reports the hearings may be extended to three hours, although the "situation is fluid."
Mueller in a press conference in May indicated that he wishes not to testify before Congress and would not provide new information not already in his report, saying, "the report is my testimony."
A spokesperson for House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) told CNN that the testimony is still on for July 17 "at this moment," but "we will let you know if that changes." Brendan Morrow
Democrats in Congress will have to wait a bit longer before speaking with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) on Friday confirmed Mueller won't testify before Congress next week, adding that negotiations with the Justice Department are still ongoing, The Hill reports.
Democrats had previously been aiming for Mueller to testify on May 15, although this was never officially agreed upon, and Nadler said on Friday he has still not spoken with Mueller, reports Fox News' Chad Pergram. Nadler previously suggested he was worried that President Trump would try to stop Mueller from testifying, saying he is "less confident" that Mueller will testify now than he was earlier, Politico reports. Although Mueller has completed his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, he is still an employee of the Department of Justice at the moment.
But Mueller will "come at some point," Nadler said on Friday per The Hill, adding that "if it's necessary, we will subpoena him."
Trump said at the start of this week that Mueller "should not testify" before Congress, although on Thursday, he changed his tune a bit by saying this is up to Attorney General William Barr. "He'll make a decision on that," Trump said. Brendan Morrow
Russian President Vladimir Putin isn't coming to visit the U.S. this fall anymore, National Security Adviser John Bolton told NBC News on Wednesday.
President Trump "believes that the next bilateral meeting with President Putin should take place after the Russia witch hunt is over," Bolton said, referring to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, "so we've agreed that it will be after the first of the year."
Bolton previously extended an invite from Trump to host Putin in Washington, D.C., in the coming months, and the White House said discussions were "underway" to make it happen. Trump received some backlash for the move, given that a fall visit would coincide with the midterm elections in which Russia is accused of interfering. National Intelligence Director Dan Coats laughed and called the idea "special" when informed of the invitation last week. Others called the idea of a Putin visit fishy given recent accusations that Trump is too cozy with the Russian president amid the ongoing investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Russia's cyberattacks in 2016. Summer Meza