Democrat Congressman Jim Himes is pouring cold water on expectations Special Counsel Robert Mueller will bring new information to Capitol Hill when he testifies in July.
"I believe Bob Mueller having watched him and known him for a long time when he says his testimony is his report. You should not expect and nobody should expect that Bob Mueller will make any news in either of the testimonies he will give to Congress," Himes said during an interview with CNN Wednesday morning.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff confirmed Mueller's scheduled testimony last night and said members will have questions outside of the more than 400-page long Special Counsel investigation report that was published in April.
Schiff told me tonight that it wasn't a friendly subpoena to Mueller, House Judiciary will go first then House Intel, and he says questions won't be limited to the four corners of the report. "That may be his desire but Congress has questions that go beyond the report." pic.twitter.com/RqU7bORTnP— Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 26, 2019
Other Democrats are banking on Mueller to add fuel to their impeachment fire.
Dems on whether they believe Mueller testimony will change dynamic on impeachment.— Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 26, 2019
Schakowsky: "I don't think there's any question about it."
AOC: "Pressure to impeach grows every day," Mueller "adds" to pressure
Schiff: "I don't think people should have excessive expectations" pic.twitter.com/Bpa5UMKAh6
Nadler this morning discusses whether Mueller testimony could lead to growing push for impeachment probe, and says when I asked if Mueller could say anything different beyond report. "If he says what was in the report ... to the American people, that will be very, very important" pic.twitter.com/SI2g4lpZ3u— Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 26, 2019
Harvard Law professor and fellow Democrat Alan Dershowitz is warning against Mueller's testimony and said it could backfire.
Mueller is expected to testify on July 17.