Robert Mueller Agrees To Testify Publicly On Russia Investigation

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Robert Mueller Agrees To Testify Publicly On Russia Investigation
Two House committees issued subpoenas Tuesday requesting the former special counsel to testify.
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Former special counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify publicly next month after receiving subpoenas from the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees. 

On Twitter Tuesday, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said Mueller is scheduled to testify on July 17. This is the first time he'll answer questions publicly about his nearly 2-year Russia investigation. The Justice Department released a redacted version of his report in April, and ever since then Democrats have been pushing for more information. 

The report included nearly a dozen instances of potential obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump. 

In a joint statement, Nadler and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff said: "Americans have demanded to hear directly from the Special Counsel so they can understand what he and his team examined, uncovered, and determined about Russia's attack on our democracy, the Trump campaign's acceptance and use of that help, and President Trump and his associates' obstruction of the investigation into that attack." 

The news comes as sort of a surprise. During a news conference back in May, Mueller said he didn't want testify since the report served as his testimony. He also said he wouldn't go beyond what's already in the report. Attorney General William Barr said he had no problem with Mueller testifying.