As we all know by now, former special counsel Robert Mueller will testify before the House Judiciary Committee and House Intelligence Committee in public hearings that begin on July 17.
But, we also now know that will not be the only political news that day. President Trump has announced that he will hold a 2020 campaign rally in North Carolina on the same day that Mueller is scheduled to appear before Congress.
The president’s re-election campaign said it will host a “Keep America Great” rally at Williams Arena in Greenville that day.
The timing of the rally is likely planned to coincide with the Mueller’s appearance before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees, with Democrats hoping for explosive testimony that will damage Trump.
Trump’s critics also hope the testimony will generate attention to the Mueller report that he provided to the Justice Department in March, at the conclusion of his Russia investigation.
The report looked at Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election but found no evidence that Trump colluded with the foreign government in an effort to get elected.
The special counsel did detail instances of possible obstruction of justice by Trump, a section of the report that some Democrats jumped on to suggest launching the impeachment proceedings against the president.
North Carolina Could be Pivotal to a Trump Reelection
While the timing could be questionable, it is no surprise that President Trump is turning his attention to North Carolina. The North Carolina rally is particularly important to the President’s reelection efforts. Not only did Trump only win the state by less than four points back in 2016, but Democrats are eyeing the U.S. Senate seat of Republican incumbent Thom Tillis.
Trump recently endorsed Tillis against his GOP challenger, despite Tillis’ being criticized from the right for opposing Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina has really stepped up to the plate,” Trump wrote in a tweet. “Thom is tough on Crime, Strong on the Border and fights hard against Illegal Immigration. He loves our Military, our Vets and our great Second Amendment. I give Thom my Full and Total Endorsement!”
Meanwhile, President Trump, in a series of tweets has “warned” Muller to “limit his testimony to what’s in his actual report.”