The Justice Department sent a letter to former Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Monday, July 22, advising that his testimony scheduled for Congress on Wednesday, July 24, “must remain within the boundaries” of the public version of his Russia investigation report.
The letter was in response to a letter Mueller submitted to the Justice Department on July 10 requesting “guidance concerning privilege or other legal bars applicable to potential testimony.”
Mueller, who oversaw the federal investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, is scheduled to testify on July 24 before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees.
Mueller had submitted his final report on the Russia investigation toAttorney General William Barr on March 22, and the Justice Department publicly released the report on April 18. Mueller then delivered a public statement on the report on May 29 in which he said, “So beyond what I’ve said here today and what is contained in our written work, I do not believe it is appropriate for me to speak further about the investigation or to comment on the actions of the Justice Department or Congress.”
However, House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on June 25 compelled Mueller through a subpoena (pdf) to appear before Congress to testify again on the findings of his report.
Associate Deputy Attorney General Bradley Weinsheimer added in the DOJ letter that Mueller’s upcoming testimony on July 24 must “remain within the boundaries of your public report because matters within the scope of your investigation were covered by executive privilege,” as Mueller had said was appropriate. more