Mueller will make the full report his official statement to Congress committees

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By Pete Williams  with NBC News Politics
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FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.   -   Copyright  Alex Wong Getty Images file

WASHINGTON — Former special counsel Robert Mueller will have a long official statement for the record when he testifies Wednesday before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees — his entire 448-page report.

A spokesman for Mueller, Jim Popkin, said Monday that Mueller will have a brief opening statement and will then offer the entire report of the special counsel investigation as his full statement for the hearing record.

Popkin said Mueller intends to abide by the commitment he made in his only public statement about the report.

During brief remarks at the Justice Department on May 29, Mueller said if asked to appear 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," he said.

"We chose those words carefully, and the work speaks for itself. The report is my testimony. I would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before Congress," Mueller said.

After receiving congressional subpoenas, Mueller agreed to testify for three hours before the House Judiciary panel, take a short break, then appear for two more hours before the members of the House Intelligence Committee.