Schiff says it's 'inevitable' Mueller will testify before Congress

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Wednesday said that it's "inevitable" that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE will testify before Congress about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report Dershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense MORE

“I think it’s inevitable that Bob Mueller is going to have to testify before Congress," Schiff said in an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," noting that multiple congressional panels may have an interest in Mueller's testimony.


"We’ll have an interest in his testimony or others on the issue of the counterintelligence findings. And the Judiciary Committee, maybe the Oversight [and Reform] Committee as well, might have an interest in other aspects of investigation."

Schiff added that the intel committee has "a statutory requirement that the intelligence community, FBI, brief us on any significant counterintelligence or intelligence activity."

"And it’s hard to imagine something that rises more to that level than this investigation," he said. 

The comments from Schiff came just hours before the House Judiciary Committee voted in favor of authorizing a subpoena to compel the Justice Department to hand over Mueller's full report on the probe. 

The committee is also calling for the Department of Justice to hand over the report's underlying evidence. 

Mueller finished his investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow last month. Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrBolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report DOJ says surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Page lacked evidence Senators press DHS over visa approval for Pensacola naval base shooter MORE sent a four-page letter to Congress stating that Mueller did not  conclude that there was a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Moscow. 

The letter noted that Mueller did not make a definitive conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice. But Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein decided Mueller did not provide sufficient evidence of obstruction of justice to pursue it. 

Barr's summary noted that Mueller did not exonerate the president on the obstruction matter. 

House Democrats have called for the Justice Department to release Mueller's report in its entirety and set an April 2 deadline for its disclosure.

Barr told lawmakers last week that he expects to release the report by mid-April.