Listen: Robert Mueller, Special Counsel And Malaria discussed on Erin Burnett OutFront
"Is it off or is it delayed special counsel Robert Mueller was set to testify before two House committees next week and just five days but sources tell C. N.. N. that may now not be the case because some lawmakers are upset. They might be boxed out from getting a question because of the timing that was agreed to is this infighting now putting Muller's entire appearance before Congress in jeopardy. Phil Mattingly is out front for tonight fill where things stand right now officially the hearing is still next week to committee chairs that are working on the behind the scenes enes negotiations with the special counsel team and the Justice Department has refused to comment throughout the course of the day there has been no official schedule change but let me take you behind the scenes kate it is very clear there have been ongoing negotiations not to cancel the hearing but the delay the hearing for a week and the rationale is twofold you hit on the most important one right now. Due to the time limits that were set on the initial agreement for the testimony in front of two committees by Robert Mueller a large number of members on both of those committees would not actually get to ask questions that raised a lot of concerns inside the Democratic Caucus. Obviously a lot of members ask questions a lot of members want to participate a lot of members probably WANNA YouTube video of themselves asking questions and so that was a problem. There's a secondary problem to which is also come up according to sources and that is as our colleagues entourage Jeremy Herb reported earlier in this week the Justice Department has been wary of democratic credit request to have two of molars top two deputies come and testify behind closed doors. The Attorney General also waited on this bill bar saying he didn't think that was something that should happen so those are both part of the negotiations that are ongoing right now as it currently stands at seven thirty on Friday night. We're still waiting for an official answer and that means negotiations have been continuing behind the scenes kate. You know the stakes here. This is the hearing that everybody's been waiting for. This is the hearing that has been on hold since the report was the first submitted back in March. Democrats are desperate to have this during the hearing will happen right now just a question of win cake okay if they don't know what's going to happen. Why set a date for possibly next week? I'm confused by it all fill okay keep us updated. Thank you so much out front with me now. Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin of Maryland a member of the House Judiciary Committee one of the Committees of course. We're malaria to be testifying congressman. Thanks for being here. Thank you for having me first off. What are you hearing? Are you hearing the molar is coming this coming Wednesday next Wednesday not at all. What are you hearing? I've got to start by telling you that I was in oversight hearings all day about the border and inhumane treatment of children and families and the detention center so I missed a lot of whatever was happening today but I know that there are you know the high level secret negotiations is going on about exactly when the special counsel is GonNa come and what the terms of our I mean our main determination has been to give him as much time as possible to articulate the basic findings and conclusions of the report which been so badly misstated and distorted by Attorney General Bar and president trump with their ludicrous mantra of no obstruction no collusion when the report is filled with evidence contradicting both of those claims. Are you entirely early confident that Mueller is still going to be testifying."