The Justice and Intelligence Committees of the House of Representatives announced Tuesday that Mueller had agreed to testify after having issued summonses for his testimony.
"The Americans have demanded to hear directly from Special Counsel so that they understand what he and his team are about Russia's attack on our democracy, the acceptance and use of this aid by the Trump campaign and the obstruction of the investigation This attack by President Trump and his associates has been investigated, uncovered and determined. "Jerry Nadler, House of Representatives Judge, and Adam Schiff, chairman of the House of Representatives secret service, said in a joint statement:
Mueller's statement is in front of him Excitement-awaited congressional hearing for years and is a great moment for the Democrats of the House of Representatives, who have grappled with the question of whether they should dive into a politically divisive impeachment process after the investigation of Müller and the condemnation of the congressional probes by the White House
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The summons for Mueller comes after weeks of negotiations between Democrats, the Special Representative's team and the Ministry of Justice. Democrats are launching charges against Müller after publicly speaking last month, saying he does not want to testify publicly about the investigation, and his testimony will not go beyond what was written in the 448-page Special Representative's report.
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Schiff said that the committees would interview Müller separately on the same day, and that his committee would question Muller's staff in a closed session after the public hearing they may discuss the counterintelligence sections of the investigation.
In a letter to Mueller, the Democrat Chairmen stated that they had understood Müller's concerns about ongoing investigations by the Special Representative, but considered it necessary for him to testify.
"We will work with you to address legitimate concerns about maintaining the integrity of your work, but we expect you to appear before our committees as planned," wrote Nadler and Schiff.
Democrats Have Talked About Taking Mueller Since his investigations were completed in March and her decision to issue summonses was more than a month after the original date on which Nadler hovered for Mueller's appearance.
Since then, the Democrats continue to negotiate with Mueller and look out for hope he would agree to volunteer. While Muller stated he did not want to appear before the congress, Democrats – and some Republicans – said they still believe Müller should testify. Democrats have argued that the American people can hear directly from a special lawyer in a public environment, and the legislators of both parties have stated that they want to ask him about some of the decisions made during the investigation.
Mueller's Appearance Offered to Republicans You have the opportunity to inform the Special Representative of your concerns regarding the origins of the counterintelligence investigation into the presidential team, and to press the Democrats to stop their own investigations into the President Political gambling that the Judicative Democrats have done at high cost to taxpayers, "said Georgia's top Republican Judiciary Committee member Doug Collins," May this testimony bring the House Democrats the closure that the rest of America has enjoyed for months, and could do so
Müller's report consisted of two parts: a tape about the elections in Russia interference and one on disability.
In the first volume, the Special Representative did not make a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian Regierun But he described numerous contacts between Russians and members of Trump's team, who are accused by Democrats and are worrying, even if they are not criminal. In the second volume, Müller documented almost a dozen episodes of a possible obstruction of justice. The Special Envoy wrote that the DOJ's guidelines did not allow him to prosecute a sitting president and that the investigation could not exonerate Trump.
Muller's public statement last month expressly stated that his investigation would not exonerate Trump, and he also pointed out, "The constitution requires a different procedure than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of misconduct. " The statement, which was Mueller's only public statement since his appointment as Special Representative in May 2017, sparked a wave of House Democrats calling for an impeachment investigation, and now more than 75 have spoken out in favor of opening an impeachment investigation.
But parliamentary spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi continued to resist the thrust, arguing that the Democrats won their lawsuits against the Trump administration and that the impeachment process should continue only if the public Board is.
Schiff and Nadler have both publicly refrained from demanding the initiation of impeachment proceedings. Behind the scenes, Nadler has asked Pelosi to do so, while Schiff has argued against it.
"This will be an opportunity to reinforce the message of the report and then we will drop the chips where they came from. That may be," said MP Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat in the Justice Committee, who insisted urged to initiate an impeachment investigation.
When he spoke last month, Müller argued he did not need to testify because he would not go beyond what the report was written. "The report is my testimony," said Müller.
The legislators of both parties, however, have stated that they believe that Muller can still answer their questions, and the Democrats have explicitly referred to the statements of Attorney General William Barr about the investigations they found to be misrepresented work.
"There was a campaign of misrepresentation by Attorney General Barr, who misrepresented what was in the report." The president – the president said they did not agree, that's not true, "Nadler told CNN. "So it's important that he answers many specific questions."
Nadler said he wanted to ask Müller, for example, for the letter he wrote to Barr to question his four-page summary of the investigation.
said ship Democrats in its committee have questions about the share of counterintelligence in the investigation and the decisions taken by the prosecutor.
"There is no limit to limiting your testimony to the four corners of the report," Schiff said. "That may be his wish, but Congress has questions that go beyond the report, and we have seen that the Attorney General is more than willing to make statements that go far beyond anything in the miller report."
Meanwhile, the origins of the investigation – which the GOP-led congress examined last year – as well as the removal of former FBI agent Peter Strzok from his team are likely to be the focus of Strzok's involvement with former FBI attorney Lisa Exchanging Anti-Trump Text Messages
"I have many questions about how the team of Robert Müller was assembled," said Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Republican from Florida in the Judiciary Committee. "I think we're also interested in finding out when he finally decided that no charges of criminal conspiracy are made."
This story was updated on Tuesday with additional developments.
Ashley Killough, Kate Sullivan and Paul LeBlanc of CNN have contributed to this report.