UPDATED 11:37 AM PT — Tuesday, July 23, 2019
House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler is taking aim at the Department of Justice for instructing former special counsel Robert Mueller to adhere to the bounds of his public report in his upcoming testimony.
During an interview Tuesday, the Democrat accused the agency of engaging in an ongoing cover-up in issuing the directive. However, he said “it’s not going to have a real impact.”
Nadler also claimed Mueller doesn’t have to comply with the directive and the agencies request is beyond it’s authority. However, he acknowledged Mueller does not plan to go beyond the bounds of what’s in the report.
“I don’t think it’s much of an impediment simply because Bob Mueller had indicated repeatedly that he was going to do exactly that,” he stated. “I think it’s incredibly arrogant of the department to try to instruct him as to what to say.”
The committee chairman also noted Democrats have been working under the assumption Mueller will stay more or less within the boundaries of his report. The former special counsel is slated to appear before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committee’s Wednesday.