Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, walked back his statement from earlier Sunday claiming that special counsel Robert Mueller had agreed to the “tentative date” of May 15 to testify before the panel.
Cicilline, during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” said representatives for Mueller had agreed to the committee’s proposed date, but warned there’s no “absolute guarantee” that the former FBI chief would show up to testify.
“Just to clarify,” Cicilline tweeted hours after his Fox News interview, “we are aiming to bring Mueller in on the 15th, but nothing has been agreed to yet. That’s the date the Committee has proposed, and we hope the Special Counsel will agree to it. Sorry for the confusion.”
Democrats have been angling for Mueller to testify before congressional committees in the wake of his expansive investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice as the probe proceeded.
Attorney General William Barr’s finding that Trump did not obstruct justice coupled with his decision to release a redacted version of Mueller’s nearly 450-page report stoked concerns among Democrats who fear the Trump-appointed Justice Department head is playing defense for the president.