Robert Mueller to Testify July 17 Before Two House Committees

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is scheduled to publicly testify before two House committees on July 17, according to a press release sent by the committee chairmen Tuesday night.

Following a subpoena, Mueller will testify before Judiciary and Intelligence Committees regarding his findings on possible collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign in 2016.

"Pursuant to subpoenas issued by the House Judiciary and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence tonight, Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III has agreed to testify before both Committees on July 17 in open session," Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler and Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff wrote in the press release.

"Americans have demanded to hear directly from the Special Counsel so they can understand what he and his team examined, uncovered, and determined about Russia's attack on our democracy, the Trump campaign's acceptance and use of that help, and President Trump and his associates' obstruction of the investigation into that attack."

Mueller led a two-year investigation into possible collusion, and the 448-page report was released to the Department of Justice. Attorney General WIlliam Barr presented a redacted report to Congress, and a full report was eventually released.

Since then, Nadler and the Democrats have attempted to dive deeper into the report, and have publicly stated they wanted Mueller to testify. Many Democrats have called for impeachment of the president, but even Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tiptoed the line, warning had party to not call for impeachment.

At the time of the report's release, Mueller said, "Charging the president with a crime was, therefore, not an option we could consider."

When Nadler first indicated he wished Mueller to testify, Mueller said he would testify only in private in order to avoid a public spectacle. Then Mueller released a statement saying his report would be his testimony.

"Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report," Mueller said. "It contains our findings and analysis and the reasons for the decisions we made. We chose those words carefully and the work speaks for itself. And the report is my testimony."

President Trump has used the "no collusion" findings from the report as a rallying cry to his base at his recent speeches, including last week when he announced his reelection campaign bid in Florida.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, tweeted Tuesday night she believes Trump "obstructed justice multiple times."

"The Mueller report made clear that the president obstructed justice multiple times. If he were anyone else, he'd be in handcuffs. Attorney General Barr can try to cover for the president all he wants, but the American people deserve to hear the full truth from Mueller himself.

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Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, special counsel on the Russian investigation, leaves following a meeting with members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on June 21, 2017. Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
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