The longtime adjutant of the former Special Adviser Robert S. Müller III. Will appear at his side on Wednesday at a highly anticipated hearing. This last-minute request caused quite a stir a few hours before the high-profile Congress.
Democrats of the House Judiciary Committee agreed that Aaron Zebley, a former top MP from Mueller, could sit next to him and advise him on his answers. The property came after Müller asked Zebley to testify as a witness next to him, a request that the Democrats had rejected.
I would like to allow him to answer questions, "said Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Intelligence Committee. "We want it to be Director Müller at this hearing."
Zebley was Muller's chief of staff when Müller was an FBI director, and he played essentially the same role in the special adviser's office. He and another high-ranking deputy, James Quarles, had helped Mueller prepare his credentials in unused office space at WilmerHale, which Mueller was leaving as head of special investigation.
Minutes of planning as lawmakers worried about whether Zebley would steal a limelight that they hope will keep Müller himself. The Department of Justice also rejected the idea of allowing Zebley to swear testimony.
Jim Popkin, a spokesman for Mueller, said in a statement: "Aaron Zebley was the Deputy Special Representative and had daily control over the Office's investigations. He will accompany Special Counsel Mueller to Wednesday's hearings, as discussed more than a week ago with the committees.
One who was familiar with the matter said that Mueller requested to teach Zebley and testify in the last 24 hours or so. The Department of Justice did not authorize Zebley to testify and objected to this, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity to share private considerations days ago to announce another witness in the house following traditional procedures. In a statement on Tuesday afternoon, Rep. Douglas A. Collins (R-Ga.), A senior member of the Judiciary Committee, accused the chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (DN.Y.), "of allowing the committee to resell business make oneself transform into chaos. "
" If true, the chairman's unprecedented decision to allow a witness to privately advise him as well as testify at the same time by his side how far the democrats are going to show a biased narrative before a thorough examination Protecting the Committee Republicans, "said Collins. ". , , A last-minute entry in the witness list would jeopardize whether tomorrow's hearing complies with the rules of the House.
Müller is scheduled to testify three hours before the Judiciary Committee at 8:30 am and then answer questions from the House Intelligence Committee for two hours.
The committees have asked for his testimony to the nearly two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections and whether President Trump has tried to obstruct the judiciary.