Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivered his report on alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election to William Barr in March [Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images/AFP]

US Special Counsel Robert Mueller will not testify before Congress next week, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said on Friday.

Nadler told reporters that he hopes not to have to subpoena Mueller to appear before members of Congress, but that he would do so if necessary. He declined to characterise ongoing negotiations between his committee, Mueller and the Justice Department.

“We’re talking to the Department of Justice. We’re talking to Mueller. Hopefully, he will come in. It won’t be next week,” the New York Democrat said. “He will come at some point. If necessary, we will subpoena him and

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