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Congress Delays Robert Mueller Hearings One Week Amid Dispute Over Questions


Special counsel Robert Mueller spoke at the Department of Justice on May 29 about the Russia investigation.

Special counsel Robert Mueller spoke at the Department of Justice on May 29 about the Russia investigation.

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Congress is delaying testimony by former special counsel Robert Mueller, Democratic committee sources said Friday.

Mueller had been scheduled to appear on the morning of July 17 before the House Judiciary Committee and then that afternoon before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

That now appears to be on hold, according to congressional sources familiar with the discussions. It isn’t clear when new hearings might take place.

Neither Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., nor intelligence committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., had addressed the timing directly as of Friday morning.

But some of their lawmakers were unhappy with the rules that appeared to be in the works for those sessions. The committees appeared on track to restrict the amount of time that members could speak or which members in attendance might be able to question Mueller.

So one reason for a delay could be to permit more time for negotiations within Congress over the ground rules for the hearings.

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