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Mueller, House Panels Strike Deal to Delay Hearing Until July 24, Giving Lawmakers More Time to Question Him
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=2835"><span class="small">Guardian UK</span></a>   
Saturday, 13 July 2019 08:39

Excerpt: "The special counsel Robert Mueller will testify before Congress about the findings of the Russia investigation on 24 July, one week later than his appearance was originally planned, under an agreement that gives lawmakers more time to question him."

Robert Mueller. (photo: James Berglie/TNS)
Robert Mueller. (photo: James Berglie/TNS)


Mueller, House Panels Strike Deal to Delay Hearing Until July 24, Giving Lawmakers More Time to Question Him

By Guardian UK

13 July 19


Testimony comes a week later than planned, under an agreement that gives lawmakers more time to question him

he special counsel Robert Mueller will testify before Congress about the findings of the Russia investigation on 24 July, one week later than his appearance was originally planned, under an agreement that gives lawmakers more time to question him.

Mueller had been scheduled to report on the inquiry into Russian election meddling and ties between Russia and the campaign of Donald Trump on 17 July. But lawmakers in both parties complained that the short length of the hearings would not allow enough time for all members to ask questions.

Under the new arrangement, Mueller will testify for an extended period of time, three hours instead of two, before the House judiciary committee. He will then testify before the House intelligence committee in a separate hearing. The two committees said in a statement that all members of both committees will be able to question him.

In the joint statement, the panels said the longer hearing “will allow the American public to gain further insight into the special counsel’s investigation and the evidence uncovered regarding Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and President Trump’s possible obstruction of justice and abuse of power”.

Mueller has expressed his reluctance to testify and said he will not go beyond what is in his 448-page report. But Democrats have been determined to highlight its contents for Americans who they believe have not read it. They want to extract information from the former special counsel and spotlight what they say are his most damaging findings against Trump.

Democrats are expected to ask Mueller about his conclusions, including that he could not exonerate Trump on obstruction of justice after detailing several episodes in which Trump tried to influence the investigation. Mueller also said there was not enough evidence to establish a criminal conspiracy between Trump’s presidential campaign and the Kremlin.

One thing judiciary members want to focus on in questioning Mueller is whether Trump would have been charged with a crime were he not president. Mueller said at the news conference that charging a president with a crime was “not an option” because of longstanding justice department policy. But Democrats want to know more about how he made that decision and when.

The committees did not say whether expected closed-door sessions with two of Mueller’s deputies, James Quarles and Aaron Zebley, would go on. Those sessions, part of an original deal struck between Congress and the deputies, appeared to be in doubt after the justice department recently pushed back on the arrangement.

It is unclear whether Mueller’s testimony will give Democratic investigations new momentum. In the news conference, Mueller indicated that it was up to Congress to decide what to do with his findings. But Democrats have had little success so far in their attempts to probe his findings as the White House has blocked several witnesses from answering questions.

That means the committees may have to go through a lengthy court process to get more information. About 80 Democrats have said they think an impeachment inquiry should be launched to bolster their efforts, but the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, has so far rebuffed those calls.

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-1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-07-13 10:16
"is whether Trump would have been charged with a crime were he not president. "


This is kind of a moot question because the alleged crimes are things that could only have been committed by a president or a presidential candidate. If I talked to some Russians about the 2016 elections and asked for Russian Dirt on Hillary, it would not be a crime. Journalists do that all the time. Same for obstruction of justice. Asking Comey to "back off" on the prosecution of Flynn is only a crime for Comey's boss to do. If I did it, no one would care .

I hope there are some substantive questions asked. The whole Mueller Probe is ending with the proverbial "not with a bang but a wimper," as the great T. S. Eliot wrote in "The Hollow Men":


We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats' feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar

. . .


Between the desire
And the spasm
Between the potency
And the existence
Between the essence
And the descent
Falls the Shadow
For Thine is the Kingdom

For Thine is
Life is
For Thine is the

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.
 
 
0 # chapdrum 2019-07-14 11:56
It is very unlikely that Mueller's appearance will make one iota of difference...ju st as his report has not.