US special counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify before two House of Representatives committees next month over Russian interference in the 2016 Donald Trump election campaign.
Chairman of the judiciary panel representative Jerrold Nadler and representative Adam Schiff, head of the intelligence panel, said that Mueller had agreed to testify following the issuing of the two subpoenas last week.
Mueller’s 448-page report, published in April, found that Russia had meddled in the 2016 election bid and that Trump’s campaign had contact with Russian officials.
However, the report, which was partially redacted, did not find enough evidence to establish a criminal conspiracy between the election campaign and Russia.
“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,” Nadler and Schiff said in their statement.
Representative Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, said in a statement: “I hope the special counsel’s testimony marks an end to the political gamesmanship that Judiciary Democrats have pursued at great cost to taxpayers.”