Former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has made a last minute request ahead of his hearing at Capitol Hill tomorrow.
He asked the House Judiciary Committee to allow one of his top deputies to testify with him on Wednesday.
Going against the wishes of Justice Department officials and creating an air of uncertainty a day before the much-anticipated hearing.
The last-minute request comes days after Justice Department officials convinced two Mueller deputies to cancel private testimony for House Democrats following the former special counsel’s session.
Now, Democrats are considering allowing Aaron Zebley, counsel to Mueller, to testify in public alongside him. Republicans decried the move as an 11th hour trick, arguing Democrats would have had to announce another witness days ago under traditional procedures in the House.
In a statement Tuesday afternoon, Rep. Douglas A. Collins (R-Ga.), the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, accused the chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), of “again allowing the committee’s business to devolve into chaos.”
Mueller is scheduled to testify for three hours before the Judiciary Committee beginning at 8:30 a.m. and then answer questions from the House Intelligence Committee for two hours.
The committees have been seeking his testimony on the nearly two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether President Trump tried to obstruct justice.