Updated: June 25, 2019 / 9:23 p.m.
Robert Mueller, who had issued a report back in April regarding Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, will be testifying in an open session in front of the House of Representatives Judiciary and Intelligence Committees on July 17, the panels’ Democratic chairman stated on Tuesday.
Representative Jerrold Nadler, a chairman of the judiciary panel, and Representative Adam Schiff, who is the head of the intelligence panel, mad a joint statement claiming that Mueller had agreed to testify after the two committees issued subpoenas on Tuesday.
Mueller’s 448-page report that was released publicly in April found Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election and that Republican President Donald Trump’s election campaign had multiple contacts with Russian officials.
However, the report also found insufficient evidence to provide a criminal conspiracy between both the campaign and Moscow.
The report, which was partially redacted, also defined instances in which Trump tried to interfere with Mueller’s investigation, but declined to make a judgment on whether or not that amounted to obstruction of justice.
During his first public comments since starting the two-year investigation, Muller mentioned on May 29 that his probe was never going to end with criminal charges against Trump and indicated it was up to Congress to decide whether he should be impeached.
“If we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” Mueller said. “We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime.”
William Barr, who is the Attorney General, claimed there was insufficient evidence in Mueller’s report to prove Trump obstructed justice.