"Whenever the hearing takes place, it's important that every single member of the House Democratic Caucus who serves on the Judiciary Committee participates in the Mueller hearing", Democratic Caucus Chair and Judiciary member Hakeem Jeffries told reporters. Jerry Nadler arrives at a hearing in which former White House Counsel Don McGahn was subpoenaed to testify, May 21, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Mueller was originally scheduled to appear before the committee on July 17. Democrats had sought to question the deputies behind closed doors about the special counsel investigation. A more ideal situation would be for the questioning to be handled, or largely handled by the staff attorneys for the committees, who are generally speaking more skilled at questioning under these circumstances than individual members. "A senior source said there was a "breakdown in negotiations" to have Mueller appear".
They continued: "After a brief break, the House intelligence committee will convene for additional public testimony beginning at 12:00 p.m".
In this May 29 photo, Robert Mueller speaks at the Department of Justice about the Russian Federation investigation.
But the plan sparked an uproar from members on the Judiciary Committee in both parties over the limited time the special counsel was expected to testify, which would have shut out roughly half the panel from asking questions of Mueller.
One of the people said the hearing would be delayed a week, to July 24.
Republicans spent Thursday and Friday blasting Democrats for reaching a deal that did not allow all committee members to question the former special counsel.
The agreement to delay the hearings in exchange for extended testimony is not finalized, the sources said. "I'm not privy to these discussions", said Rep. Jamie Raskin, Maryland Democrat. The two committees said in a statement that all members of both committees will be able to question him. However, congressional Democrats made it clear that they wanted to hear from him regarding the investigation and report.
Mueller investigated for almost two years on the alleged link between Trump's election campaign team and the Kremlin during the 2016 presidential elections, and concluded his report in March this year.
But under the tentative agreement, the Judiciary Committee would be given an extra hour.
That means the committees may have to go through a lengthy court process to get more information.