House Intel chair confident Mueller 'is going to testify'

House Intel chair confident Mueller 'is going to testify'
Robert Mueller in the Oval Office on July 20, 2012. (Photo by Pete Souza.)

Rep. Adam Schiff, Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday on ABC's This Week that having special counsel Robert Mueller testify on his findings was of paramount importance.

"The American people have a right to hear what the man who did the investigation has to say and we now know we certainly can't rely on the attorney general who misrepresented his conclusions," Schiff said. "So he is going to testify." He also justified potential contempt charges against Trump officials. "We're are going have to use that device if necessary, we’re going to have to use the power of the purse if necessary," he said. "We're going to have to enforce our ability to do oversight."

Schiff also defended the fines Democrats are considering levying against Trump administration officials who refuse to cooperate with House committees' investigations to enforce contempt actions. "I think if you fine someone $25,000 a day […] until they comply, it gets their attention." About the refusal to cooperate, he said that "here, the Trump administration has decided to say a blanket no; no to any kind of oversight whatsoever, no witnesses, no documents, no nothing, claiming executive privilege over things that it knows there is no basis for."

Democrats had set a target date of May 15 for Mueller's testimony, but acknowledged last week that he was unlikely to appear this week because of the refusals from Attorney General William Barr and Trump. So when he will be testifying is unclear, but his appearance is inevitable, says Schiff.

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ }}