Congressman John Joyce (PA-13) released the following statement after it was announced that Special counsel Robert Mueller will publicly testify in front of the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees on July 17:
"Russia's efforts to meddle in the 2016 election were fully examined during a two year, $25 million investigation consisting of 2,800 subpoenas and 500 witness interviews. The result of that investigation was no collusion and no obstruction by President Trump, and Congress should be moving on.
"Robert Mueller himself stated weeks ago that his testimony will be no different from his written report, which means holding a hearing such as this one is a huge waste of taxpayer time and dollars. In hauling Robert Mueller before Congress, my colleagues across the aisle are proving their top agenda item is trying to damage President Trump at all costs rather than focusing on legislation that will improve the lives of the American people.
"The "Mueller Mulligan' is taking away Congress' ability to pass legislation to lower prescription drug costs, approve the USMCA and secure our border. Bipartisan consensus exists for all of these initiatives, but Democratic leaders in the House are too distracted by their hatred of President Trump to notice. It is my hope that Speaker Pelosi comes to her senses and starts prioritizing the people instead of her political agenda."
In a press conference on May 29th, Mueller outlined what he would say if called to testify before Congress.
"Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report. It contains our findings and analysis and the reasons for the decisions we made. We chose those words carefully and the work speaks for itself. And the report is my testimony. I would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before Congress." (Robert Mueller, Press Conference, 5/29/19)
Joyce's statement on the announcement of Mueller's testimony came the morning after he voted against H.R 3401, the partisan supplemental border funding legislation passed by House Democrats, which does not meet requests made by the Trump administration. The 13th District lawmaker explained how Republicans for months have been blocked in their efforts to bring forward legislation to provide more funding to the border. He attributed the Democrats' lack of action on the issue to them being preoccupied by the Mueller Mulligan.
Joyce said of his vote, "For months Democrats refused to acknowledge the security and humanitarian crisis at the border and the legislation that we voted on last night was just another example of how they fail to grasp how broken our immigration system truly is. The Democrat bill cuts overtime payments for exhausted law enforcement officers, does not invest in resources to investigate human traffickers smuggling children across the border and provides no funding for National Guard operations to assist Border Patrol agents. The House should have taken up legislation I cosponsor, H.R. 3056, which provides $4.5 billion in funding for sufficient humanitarian and security assistance at the border. Instead, House Democrats have blocked this bill 18 times, while they have ignored the border crisis and pursued the Mueller Mulligan."