Former special counsel Robert Mueller’s public testimony will be postponed one week from the original schedule, staying away from the same day President Donald Trump holds his rally in North Carolina.
Mueller will testify before the House Judiciary and Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence committees on July 24, the committee chairmen Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said in a joint statement on Friday, July 12.
“We are pleased to announce that special counsel Mueller will provide additional public testimony when he appears before our committees,” read the statement. “At his request, we have agreed to postpone the hearing for one week.”
According to the joint statement, Mueller will testify before the House Judiciary Committee for three hours, starting from 8.30 a.m July 24. After a brief break, he will appear before the House Intelligence Committee for additional public testimony beginning from 12 p.m.
Officials said the new schedule would allow more time for both committees to question Mueller.
However, Mueller has assured that his written 448-page report spoke for itself and any testimony from his office would not go beyond the report.
“I do not believe it is appropriate for me to speak further about the investigation or to comment on the actions of the Justice Department or Congress,” Mueller said in his first public remarks on the Russia probe on May 29.
In the report, the Mueller team concluded that there was no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded or conspired with Russia, but the former special counsel did not reach a conclusion on whether the president had obstructed justice in the probe. He decided to formally close the special counsel’s office and resigned from the Department of Justice.
Though Mueller expressed his unwillingness for a hearing, the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees, led by two Democratic representatives, secured the former special counsel’s appearance by subpoena last month.
President Trump often calls the Russia probe a “Witch Hunt” and “Presidential Harassment” and criticized Democrats’ efforts to get Mueller to testify.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, the president said about Mueller’s upcoming testimony: “There’s nothing he can say. He’s written a report. The report said ‘No collusion,’ and it said, effectively, ‘No obstruction,’ because there’s no obstruction, and the other thing, it’s very interesting. So they find out there’s no collusion.”
“Now, actually it was different. It was bad crimes committed by the other side. We’ll find out about that. I’m sure that’s being looked at right now,” President Trump added.
President Trump’s rally campaign is expected to take place on the evening of July 17 in Greenville, North Carolina.