ON THE HILL WITH DOUG CHRISTIAN
(AUDIO – JERRY NADLER ON HIS HOPES FOR THE MUELLER TESTIMONY)
CAPITOL HILL – That was House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) speaking of his hopes for the back-to-back testimony of former Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III before the House Judiciary and House Intelligence Committees today, starting at 8:30 a.m. EDT.
Just yesterday, Mueller requested that his former deputy special counsel, Aaron Zebley, accompany him to the hearings. For the morning Judiciary hearing, Mueller is expected to be the only person testifying while Zebley will sit at the table next to him.
However, for the afternoon Intelligence hearing, both Mueller and Zebley will be sworn in and testify.
Mueller’s last-minute request to have Zebley brought in has angered Republicans. Republican Judiciary Committee member, Rep. Jim Jordon of Ohio, tweeted:
Rumor is that Aaron Zebley (Mueller’s Chief of Staff) will be on the witness panel with Mueller.
You don’t get to change the rules right before kickoff, especially after a 22 month, $30 million investigation.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) July 23, 2019
President Donald Trump tweeted:
Just got back only to hear of a last minute change allowing a Never Trumper attorney to help Robert Mueller with his testimony before Congress tomorrow. What a disgrace to our system. Never heard of this before. VERY UNFAIR, SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED. A rigged Witch Hunt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2019
While Democrats are furiously preparing for Mueller’s testimony, Republicans are downplaying their interest. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says:
(AUDIO: McCONNELL CLAIMS NOT TO BE INTERESTED)
And Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) says:
(AUDIO: GRAHAM SAYS CLINTON IMPEACHMENT DIDN’T WORK OUT WELL)
Doug Christian, Capitol Hill