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Mueller Shuns Public Hearing as Talks Stall With House Democrats

  • Special counsel offered statement, then closed-door questions
  • Democrats want to press Mueller on Trump’s handling of probe
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Robert Mueller is balking at testifying publicly before Congress, pushing for a closed-door appearance in negotiations with House Democrats, according to three people familiar with the special counsel’s position.

Mueller has told the Democratic-controlled House Judiciary Committee that he doesn’t want to be dragged into a political fight and that he’s hesitant to publicly discuss his final report, according to the people, who asked not to be identified discussing the continuing negotiations.