House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) announced on Twitter tonight the news that much of the nation has been waiting for a long time to hear — and that President Trump has been dreading — that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to honor a subpoena issued this evening and testify before Congress on July 17.
The two committee chairmen issued simultaneous tweets announcing the news, accompanied by a brief press release.
I am pleased to announce that @HouseJudiciary and House Intel will have Special Counsel Robert Mueller testify in open session on July 17, pursuant to a subpoena issued this evening. https://t.co/wR0CEVqpJC
We look forward to having Mr. Mueller testify, as do all Americans. pic.twitter.com/UEKihMEYXI
— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) June 26, 2019
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Robert Mueller has agreed to testify before Congress pursuant to subpoena.
Russia attacked our democracy to help Trump win. Trump welcomed and used that help. As Mueller said, that should concern every American.
And now, every American will get to hear directly from Mueller.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) June 26, 2019
With so many of the witnesses interviewed by Mueller being blocked from testifying in front of Congress by the Trump administration’s unprecedented claims of executive privilege for testimony already given to the special counsel, congressional investigations have been slowed to a crawl as the congressional subpoenas are litigated at a snail-like pace by the courts.
With Mueller on the stand, the president’s attempts at torpedoing congressional inquiries into his administration’s behavior and his obvious attempts at obstructing justice will finally be able to be examined in full detail.
All eyes will be on the hearings as Mueller testifies in what could be the biggest turning point in the Trump-Russia saga to date.
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