Former special counsel Mueller's congressional testimony may be delayed one week

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By Alex Moe and Rebecca Shabad  with NBC News Politics
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Mueller was originally scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee and House Intelligence Committee next Wednesday.   -   Copyright  Brendan Hoffman Getty Images file

WASHINGTON — Testimony by former special counsel Robert Mueller may be delayed one week as two sides negotiate a longer Capitol Hill appearance, sources said Friday.

Mueller had beenscheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee and House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday about his two-year investigation of Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election and possible collusion and obstruction by President Donald Trump.

The testimony may now take place one week later, on the 24th. But the situation is still fluid and nothing has been finalize as talks continue.

A number of lawmakers, especially Republicans, have complained about the time limits that would be imposed for questions in each hearing. The restrictions suggested that some members of the Judiciary Committee would not have the opportunity to ask a question.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., downplayed the concern Thursday at her weekly news conference.

"We're very pleased that the special counsel — the former special counsel will be coming. But I have confidence in our Committee Chairs, Mr. Nadler in terms of the Judiciary Committee and Adam Schiff in terms of the Intelligence Committee. They'll handle it very well. I wish we had more time, but I'm glad we have the time that we have."