President Donald Trump attacked Robert Mueller hours after word came that the former special counsel had agreed to testify before Congress in open session on July 17.
The House Judiciary and House Intelligence committees have subpoenaed Mueller for his testimony before Congress, according to a press release issued Tuesday evening.
“Pursuant to subpoenas issued by the House Judiciary and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence tonight, Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III has agreed to testify before both committees on July 17 in open session,” according to the release.
On Wednesday, Trump once again labeled Mueller’s investigation a “witch hunt” and a “hoax” and accused him of illegally handling the derogatory text messages exchanged between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, saying Mueller had “terminated” the messages, calling that “illegal.”
“That’s a crime,” Trump said in an interview with Fox Business Network anchor Maria Bartiromo.
Mueller is expected to sit before both committees in two separate open hearings on July 17, according to congressional aides, with the possibility that some testimony will occur in closed session.
“We are pleased that the American people will hear directly from Special Counsel Mueller,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. “The Mueller Report revealed that the Russians waged a ‘sweeping and systematic’ attack on our elections, and America’s top intelligence and law enforcement officials have warned that the Russians will attack our elections again.”
She added that members of Congress must honor their oath and follow the facts to “protect our democracy.”
Mueller broke a nearly two-year silence when he made a brief public statement at the Department of Justice in late May.