Mueller 'should not testify' before US Congress

Critical William Barr appears at a Senate Committee hearing on Wednesday

President Trump is saying special counsel Robert Mueller should not testify before Congress.

"After spending more than $35,000,000 over a two year period, interviewing 500 people, using 18 Trump Hating Angry Democrats & 49 FBI Agents - all culminating in a more than 400 page Report showing NO COLLUSION - why would the Democrats in Congress now need Robert Mueller to testify", Trump tweeted Sunday.

Trump's reversal on Mueller testifying came hours after a key member of the House Judiciary Committee said that the panel has proposed a date of May 15 for Mueller to testify but that no agreement has been reached yet. "That's up to our attorney general, who I think has done a fantastic job".

Cicilline later stepped back from that, tweeting that "nothing has been agreed to yet".

Harris then hammered Barr's overall testimony in front of the committee and his previous statements and actions.

Barr, whom Democrats accuse of shedding an attorney general's traditional independence to serve as a Trump defender, remains Mueller's boss in the Justice Department and presumably could block him from testifying. Bob Mueller should not testify.

An appearance by Mueller, 74, whose public utterances during the two-year investigation consisted of court filings, would promise to be a dramatic day in the nation's capital, with Democrats pushing him to expand on his inability to exonerate Trump on obstruction of justice and his differences with Attorney General William Barr over the presentation of his findings.

Nadler on Friday gave Barr until Monday to reply to his request for a fuller version of the report.

Mueller reported that Trump in mid-2017 ordered McGahn to have Mueller removed.




"I wasn't hiding the ball", Barr told Sen.

In his "Fox News Sunday" interview, Cicilline said the panel hopes Mueller will agree to testify.

Part of the reasoning behind the call for Mueller's testimony could be to try and help answer that question.

"We hope the special counsel will appear", Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island, said on "Fox News Sunday".

Asked whether Mueller has agreed, Cicilline responded: "The representative for the special counsel has, but, obviously, until the date comes, we never have an absolute guarantee".

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, noted in a tweet that Trump's opposition to Mueller testifying follows his opposition to having a former White House counsel testify.

Setting aside the disgust, anxiety and weariness most Americans are feeling, my deeper concern lies in who these people are at the top of our governance and why they are there at all.

"First @realDonaldTrump repeatedly tried to fire Mueller". Now he's trying to silence Mueller.

This article was written by Felicia Sonmez, a reporter for The Washington Post.

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