Democrats push to set date for Robert Mueller to testify to House

first_imgThis article is more than 2 months old This article is more than 2 months old Democrats push to set date for Robert Mueller to testify to House committee Guardian staff and Reuters Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Wed 1 May 2019 10.16 EDT Representative Jerry Nadler told reporters that special counsel could testify in May on Trump-Russia investigation Barr testifies to Congress – live updates Russia Robert Mueller Democrats are negotiating an agreement for Robert Mueller to testify to Congress next month on his Trump-Russia investigation, according to a key committee chairman.Representative Jerry Nadler, who heads the House judiciary committee, indicated that a deal was close in remarks to reporters in Washington on Wednesday.Nadler said it was important to have Mueller testify “which they’ve agreed to do subject to setting a date, and we’ll see if they do that, sometime in May,” Reuters reported.It is understood that Nadler was referring to a previous statement from William Barr, the attorney general, that he had no objection to Mueller testifying to Congress about the inquiry.Nadler’s committee is reviewing Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference in 2016 and possible attempts by Donald Trump to impede the investigation.It emerged on Tuesday that Mueller wrote to Barr expressing frustration with how he characterized the conclusions of his investigation.Mueller concluded his investigation last month and delivered a final report to Barr, spanning more than more than 400 pages. Mueller’s report, which was made public on 18 April, revealed nearly a dozen instances in which the actions of the president and his campaign may have amounted to obstruction. The report also stated that the Trump campaign was “receptive” to assistance from Moscow during the 2016 election and expected to benefit from Russian interference.But in a letter released on 24 March – before the report came out – Barr cited Mueller’s conclusion that there was no criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Moscow and declared he did not believe there was sufficient evidence to charge Trump with obstruction of justice.Meanwhile, the top Democrat on the Senate judiciary committee requested that the panel also hold a hearing with Mueller. The California senator Dianne Feinstein said on Wednesday that she had asked the Republican committee chairman, Senator Lindsey Graham, to invite Mueller to testify. However, Graham has said he does not think the special counsel needs to appear. Robert Mueller.Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images Reuse this content Share on Pinterest news Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Donald Trump Share on Facebook Trump-Russia investigation Robert Mueller Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Topics Shares3,9003900 Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. First published on Wed 1 May 2019 10.03 EDT Share via Email Share on Twitterlast_img

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