WFB: ‘Nobody should expect that Bob Mueller is going to make any news,’ the congressman said.
Rep. Jim Himes (D., Conn.) said Wednesday that Democrats shouldn’t get their hopes up for Robert Mueller’s upcoming congressional testimony.
Reps. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) and Jerrold Nadler (D., N.Y.) announced Tuesday Mueller would testify in front of a joint session of the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees on July 17 about the sprawling Russia investigation.
“Nobody should expect that Bob Mueller is going to make any news in either of the testimonies he gives to the Congress,” Himes told CNN’s Kate Bolduan.
Himes affirmed his support for questioning Mueller, who served as special counsel in the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. In Himes’s view, Mueller’s impact could come from simply restating what’s in the report because too many Americans remain ignorant of its supposedly incriminating content.
“I would not expect to learn a lot new,” Himes said. “I would be shocked if he goes too far from the language of the report. That said, he may be able to—he may be willing to answer factual questions that maybe aren’t directly in the report.”
Bolduan asked directly if this might backfire on Democrats. Himes answered in the negative but said there is a risk of letting down Democrats who want to strike a blow against President Donald Trump.