Schiff tells me that asking Mueller about the negotiations with Russian Federation over Trump Tower Moscow in a counterintelligence context could be revealing: Though no crimes were committed, investigators might have anxious that those talks were nonetheless compromising.
Schiff said there will be two hearings "back to back", one for each committee, and they will also meet with Mueller's staff in closed session afterward.
In a subsequent press conference, Trump told reporters he was "having a good day".
Mueller's testimony is slated for July 17 and will offer Democrats on the two committees the first chance since the report's release to directly question the former special counsel, who concluded after his 22-month-long probe into Russian election interference that he could neither indict nor exonerate the president. "He has to go to what's in the report, but we're going to be asking questions that are outside the report", Schiff said.
The White House has instructed current and former employees not to comply with subpoenas stemming from multiple House committee investigations related to Mueller's investigation. "I would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before Congress". Mueller, however, said on May 29 that "there was insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy". "I think it will depend on what he says, and what people hear", said Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-Pa., a member of the Judiciary panel.
In a phone interview with Fox Business, Trump said, "Mueller terminated them illegally, he terminated the e-mails, he terminated all of the stuff between Strzok and Page".
Trump's comments were a roundabout reference to a report from the Justice Department's inspector general a year ago that noted the iPhones used by Strzok and Page during their short stints on Mueller's staff had been reset to factory settings, erasing the messages they contained.
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A representative for Mueller did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Mueller briefly highlighted some of the key takeaways from his team's report before saying he hoped to never again speak of it in public, adding that any further inquiries should refer to the document as his testimony.
"He made everybody available to Mueller that Mueller wanted to talk to, and he ... answered questions in writing, so this president did nothing to stop Mueller from finding the truth".
"T$3 he report is no collusion, no obstruction which was ruled on".
Republicans have criticized Democrats for their continuing investigations of the president.
"There is no right to defy a congressional subpoena", he said.