JUST IN: Nadler Says He’s “Confident” Mueller Will Testify to House Judiciary Committee “Soon”
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) told reporters in the US Capitol Wednesday that he’s “confident” Mueller would testify to his committee “soon.”
Nadler also said he would subpoena Mueller for testimony if he had to, reported The Hill.
“Let’s just say that I’m confident he’ll come in soon,” Nadler told reporters in the U.S. Capitol.
When asked whether he would subpoena Mueller, Nadler replied, “We will if we have to.”
The Hill reported that Nadler reiterated Mueller’s willingness to testify — but only behind closed doors.
“He has said he is willing to come and testify and make an opening statement and then testify behind closed doors,” Nadler said Wednesday. “We’re not willing to do that. We want him to testify openly. I think the American people need that. I think frankly it’s his duty to the American people and we’ll make that happen.”
Last Wednesday Robert Mueller gave a very brief press conference and issued a statement on his 2 year Russia witch hunt.
Mueller also announced he is retiring from the Justice Department and that he will not be testifying to Congress.
The Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee chaired by Jerry Nadler has been sparring with Mueller over his testimony about the Russia investigation.
Mueller doesn’t want to be grilled by Republican lawmakers who will certainly ask him about his reliance on Hillary’s phony dossier and all of the corruption and conflicts of interest with his team.
Republicans will also want to know why Mueller dragged out his investigation past the 2018 midterms even though he knew early on that Trump did not collude with the Russians.
“I hope and expect this to be the only time that I will speak to you in this manner. I am making that decision myself. No one has told me whether I can or should testify or speak further about this matter,” Mueller said. “There has been discussion about an appearance before Congress — any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report.”
“The work speaks for itself — and the report is my testimony. I would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before Congress,” Mueller added.
Nadler didn’t say when he would be issuing Mueller a subpoena but he said he wouldn’t wait “too much.”