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millions of good paying jobs in doing so. so i invite you to do -- give it some thought and i hope you will join us in this essential, important fight. >> kyle cheney is congress political reporter. he joins us to talk about special counsel robert mueller. remind us, how did we get to this point? kyle: democrats have been trying to get special counselor molar in front -- robert mueller in front to talk for months. it was a lot of closed-door behind-the-scenes negotiations to secure a very painstaking ly fought over, limited hearing with him in public. and they think that hearing directly from robert mueller himself will help the american people in a way that they haven't to this point. >> you write that the hearings
could also have effects on democrats wanting to put forward impeachment efforts. how so? how will these hearings affect moves? kyle: what we saw when robert mueller's report came out in april, of progression of about 80 something democrats calling for impeachment inquiries but to get not nearly enough over the finish line or even to justify launching impeachment inquiries. to think hearing from mueller or say the words that he released the book, now we have to make the movie. more people will see the movie, to understand what he is finding in terms of the president's campaign, contacts with russia and efforts to obstruct the investigation. >> we are supposed to have had these hearings the past week. what was the reason for the delay you have been hearing?
kyle: this is a very inside the capitol kind of a problem where you have these two committees are going to sit down with robert mueller the judiciary , committee and the intelligence committee. each have been planned to do it for two hours, and the judiciary committee was upset. they have more members. they cannot get everybody into ask questions if we only have two hours. after some protracted negotiation, they decided to delay the week but extend it to three hours. be two hours in the intelligence committee, something like 60 lawmakers asking questions. >> but not every lawmaker from each committee? kyle: it depends. with the extended time, it is conceivable, but if they are worried about restrictions, there could be a delay. there could be procedural delays or adjournment efforts. if robert mueller goes on long with his answers, although he is
not known for verbosity, you could see a problem running up against the clock. >> you mentioned sort of the carefulness with which lawmakers have been trying to approach this, really limiting it, getting some nuance. as far as that goes, are there any plans for lawmakers to be hearing from either mueller or his deputies behind closed doors ? kyle: so there was an additional -- an initial plan to hear from the deputies simultaneously but those plans have been shelved for now. the justice department made very clear they didn't want robert mueller's deputies appearing before congress. that may be subject to further fighting between congress and the executive branch later, but for now it is just robert mueller and the public portion, and they will see what they get out of him to see if they want to go forward with the deputies. >> we have been learning a little bit about their approach that democrats and republicans are planning to take. can you lay that out for us?
kyle: on the judiciary committee in particular, the democrats want mueller to talk about the thought process of the obstruction of justice evidence he compiled. the whole ballgame for them is for mueller to capture if you -- whether he would have charged president trump with obstruction were there not a technical prohibition within the justice department. and if they can get him to approximate that, then they feel that is what they wanted out of the hearing. republicans will try to underscore their long-term mueller's that robert team was biased. they will zoom in on the controversial steele dossier, at the outset of the russia investigation. they want to hammer on all the areas of the investigation may have gone astray. >> and then following congress as closely as you do, what are you curious to see as these hearings approach next week?
kyle: bob mueller hasn't testified in front of congress in about six years, and when he did he was the fbi director and had a pretty friendly audience for the most part. how he handles that sort of withering pressure he is under, and whether he really wants to tell people stuff that was not necessarily laid out in the -- in a digestible way for the american public, if he is motivated to, we will learn a lot more than we think we will. @kkyle cheney on twitter at yledcheney, from politico thank you for the insight. kyle: thank you for having me. announcer 1: robert mueller will testify about of traction of justice by president trump and russian interference in the 2016 election. live coverage starts 8:30 a.m. eastern, online at c-span.org or listen wherever you are with the free radio app.
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