Former special counsel Robert Mueller is set to testify in, not one but two, House committee panels next month.
At 9 am on July 17th, he will appear before the House Judiciary Committee and immediately following, in the same hearing room he will be seen from the House Intelligence Committee.
Democratic activists and committee members have been pressuring committee leaders for some time about getting Mr. Mueller to the stand regarding his detailed investigation of the 2016 election and President Trump’s possible obstruction of justice, as well as his 448-page report on his findings.
However, Mueller has been rather close-lipped about the whole thing and, as he stated when he first appeared in April with his conclusions, “the work speaks for itself.”
Mueller goes on to say that the report “contains our finding and analysis and the reasons for the decisions we made… We chose those words carefully.”
He adds, “and the report is my testimony. I would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before Congress.”
He also mentioned that much of the information found in the report was part of ongoing cases for the Department of Justice, and as such, he could not speak about them.
And good for him. At least someone knows how to do their job and move on.
However, congressional Democrats are not so eager to just leave the matter or Mr. Mueller alone.
Therefore, since Mueller would not come to the stand willingly, both committees have subpoenaed him for his testimony.
It is believed by many Democrats that if they could get Mueller to speak of his investigation and his findings in person, they could find some incriminating evidence against President Trump and solidify their case for impeachment.
Another well-circulated thought is that a public and broadcasted appearance of Mueller will grab more attention than a rather long and word clogged report.
In addition, chairman of the panel Representative Adam B. Schiff from California expects his committee to privately meet with Mr. Mueller after his testimony to ask some additional questions, in particular about parts of the report that are classified or that may be part of ongoing investigations.
Mr. Schiff and co-chairman Jerrold Nadler of New York issued a joint statement to Mueller, saying, “The American public deserves to hear directly from you about your investigation and conclusions. We will work with you to address legitimate concerns about preserving the integrity of your work, but we expect that you will appear before our committees as scheduled.”
However, Mueller has made it pretty clear that no new information will be given, making it unclear to Republicans and much of America just what the point of this is supposed to be.
Republican Representative Doug Collins from Georgia stated in an interview on Tuesday, “I hope the special counsel’s testimony marks an end to the political gamesmanship that Judiciary Democrats have pursued at great cost to taxpayers.”
And added, “May this testimony bring to House Democrats the closure that the rest of America has enjoyed for months, and may it enable them to return to the business of legislating.”
Collins is not the first to notice that this investigation, closed as it may be, continues to bring unneeded drama and financial demands to Congress that could be avoided if they were not so focused on their party’s sole agenda to get rid of Trump.