Russian Federation probe: Mueller agrees to testify before House committees

Posted June 28, 2019

Such an alternative was due to the Justice Department's regulations that prohibit filing charges against an acting U.S. president, Mueller added in his first public appearance, after the report on the investigation was released in April. I have fought through that and now I hear that Mueller is going to go yet again.

Trump has continued to deride the probe as a "witch hunt", while Democrats have long accused the president of obstructing justice and thwarting their investigations.

Trump has repeatedly, and wrongly, insisted that Mueller found "no collusion", and that the report provided "total exoneration". Rather, he said he could not prove a conspiracy. After reviewing the evidence, Attorney General William Barr and former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein both concluded that the "evidence developed during the Special Counsel's investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense".

Schiff said Tuesday that the committees would be questioning Mueller separately the same day, and that his committee would question Mueller's staff in closed session following the public hearing so they can discuss the counterintelligence portions of the investigation. The words in the report were chosen "carefully and the work speaks for itself". "That is unconstitutional. Even if the charge is kept under seal and hidden from public view-that too is prohibited", he said.

But some Democrats have said the president should be removed from office through impeachment proceedings because of Mueller's findings.

Trump has argued the point before in attacking Mueller, including in a tweet dating back to December 2018.

Rachel MAddow spoke with House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff about the testimony on Tuesday night. "He will testify in response to the subpoena we issued".

Mueller's decision to testify came only after he was subpoenaed. But he also said he could not exonerate Trump on obstruction of justice.

He maintained "the same principle that should have kept Comey from talking about the Clinton emails" should limit what Mueller will say.

When did you know that there was, in fact, no collusion or conspiracy by the Trump campaign with Russian Federation?

Republicans, too, have their questions, and early GOP reaction suggests they will question the very integrity of the investigation and the people who ran it. "What were you unable to get that you were hoping to get, as a result of his refusal to cooperate?"

In a letter to Mueller accompanying the subpoenas, the committee chairmen said "the American public deserves to hear directly from you about your investigation and conclusions".