House Judiciary Chairman Nadler (D-NY) told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that special counsel Robert Mueller wants to testify before his committee, but only in private.
“[Mueller] wants to testify in private,” Nadler said on Thursday.
“Why?” Maddow pressed.
“I don’t know why,” he responded.
Nadler said Mueller would give a public opening statement and agree to allow a transcript of his private testimony to be released publicly at a later date.
The chairman added that Mueller doesn’t want to participate in a televised open hearing that could be a spectacle.
Rep. Nadler: Mueller wants to testify in private. pic.twitter.com/Wn7YBUK3lQ
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) May 24, 2019
Nadler’s staff has been negotiating with the special counsel’s office and the Justice Department for weeks over Mueller’s potential testimony.
Nadler had initially set a tentative date for May 15 to hear from the special counsel, but it now appears his testimony will slip into at least June.