Robert Mueller has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice by President Trump, giving Democrats the star witness they've long wanted to put before the American public.
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. But he has been hesitant to testify and speak about the investigation beyond a public statement he issued last month. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., and Adam Schiff, D-Calif.
Fox News has learned Mueller would appear only under a subpoena, which has been described as a "friendly" subpoena, one that in essence had been planned. "I would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before Congress", he said at the time.
But some Democrats have said the president should be removed from office through impeachment proceedings because of Mueller's findings.
The special counsel did not find a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation to subvert the election, but he did identify a number of instances of behavior while Mr. Trump was in office that could be seen as attempts to obstruct the Russian Federation probe itself.
US President Donald Trump has dismissed Mueller's investigation as a "witch hunt". "I hope the special counsel's testimony marks an end to the political gamesmanship that Judiciary Democrats have pursued at great cost to taxpayers", Collins said.
The report, which was partially redacted, also outlined instances in which Trump tried to interfere with Mueller's investigation, but declined to make a judgment on whether that amounted to obstruction of justice.
Still, House Democrats are anxious to get Mueller - even against his will - in front of a national TV audience.