NAACP prez forum in Detroit slated for same time as Mueller testimony

    Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller waits to testify before the House Intelligence Committee about his report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in the Rayburn House Office Building July 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. | Alex Wong/Getty Images
    Updated, 10:31 a.m., 7/23/19, with new time for the forum from the NAACP

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller is expected to command much of the national media’s attention when he testifies on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. That also will be at the same time as a presidential forum at the national NAACP convention in Detroit.

    Mueller is set to testify at 8:30 a.m. about his investigation into President Donald Trump and Russian interference in the 2016 election before the U.S. House Judiciary and Intelligence committees. The NAACP presidential forum kicks off at 10 a.m. in Cobo Hall.*

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    Candidates slated to be at the forum are former Vice President Joe Biden; U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.); South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg; former U.S. Housing Secretary Julian Castro; U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.); former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas); U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.); U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld. All candidates are running in the Democratic primary except for Weld, who is challenging Trump for the GOP nomination.

    Next week, the Democratic National Committee will host a two-night debate at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. Twenty hopefuls have been selected, as the Advance has reported, with 10 set to debate on July 30 and the other 10 on July 31.

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    Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.

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