Negotiations Between House Dems and Mueller 'BREAKDOWN,' Testimony Possibly Delayed


Ongoing negotiations between Democratic leadership and former special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly "broke down" Friday; delaying his Congressional testimony at least one week.

"Internal talks over the structure of the hearings originally scheduled for July 17 have been heating up for days, with some members complaining they might not have enough time carved out to ask questions", reports Fox News. July 17 was the date penciled in, but it could be delayed a week to accommodate time for more questions from both Democrats and Republicans.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller officially concluded the two-year long investigation into allegations of Russian collusion in the 2016 election Wednesday; closing his office and retiring from the Department of Justice. Under the tentative agreement, which was described to POLITICO by lawmakers briefed on the talks, the Judiciary Committee would be granted an extra hour to question Mueller.

The committees began to consider a delay when Judiciary Committee members balked at the unofficial arrangement for Mueller, because numerous panel's less senior lawmakers would not get time to ask questions.

That concern was particularly acute for the 41-member Judiciary Committee.

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Two back-to-back hearings are scheduled to run just a few hours, with additional time for testimony behind closed doors.

Mueller said because of longstanding Justice Department regulations that a sitting president can not be indicted, his team of investigators didn't consider trying to indict Trump.

"You're disenfranchising everyone", Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said Friday.

In the report, he said they didn't find evidence of a criminal conspiracy but said they also weren't exonerating Trump of obstructing justice, and included 10 instances in which the president tried to derail his investigation.