Mueller hearing format gets complaints from junior Judiciary members

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Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., pointed out how other hearings about the Mueller report stretched past two hours, "but we are going to spend two hours and nothing longer talking to the guy who wrote the report."

The committee is divided between the haves and have-nots, Republicans said. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., dubbed those who would have time to ask questions the "Famous 11." Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., said: "If you're not part of the 11, what are you? You're being treated unfairly."

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., is among the members who said they wanted to negotiate a change to the rules before Mueller's Wednesday appearance to give more committee members a chance at the big hearing -- and he invited Democrats who would be left out to join him in the effort.

Nadler said he would entertain all reasonable proposals that would allow more members to ask questions of Mueller. Nadler said the issue was important but didn't comment further, saying he didn't want to distract from the important topic of the subpoenas.

"This line of discussion, frankly, is beyond the scope of this markup and I'm not going to comment further," Nadler told Republicans.

Rep. Ben Cline, R-Va., said at town hall meetings last weekend that his constituents asked what he was going to ask Mueller. And now the format would mean he won't get a chance.

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"My constituents deserve to be represented at this hearing," Cline said. "Because the questions, the issues that are being discussed affect my constituents."

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