Trump attacks Democrats for wanting Mueller to testify
President Trump on Sunday rebuked congressional Democrats for wanting Robert Mueller to testify in the House, reiterating his claim that the special counsel cleared him of collusion and obstruction of justice so there’s no need to continue investigating.
”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,” the president wrote on Twitter.
“Are they looking for a redo because they hated seeing the strong NO COLLUSION conclusion? There was no crime, except on the other side (incredibly not covered in the Report), and NO OBSTRUCTION. Bob Mueller should not testify. No redos for the Dems!” he continued.
Rep. David Cicilline, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, said the panel is negotiating with Mueller to appear later this month to discuss the findings of his Russia report.
The Democrat from Rhode Island released a tweet on Sunday afternoon walking back comments he made earlier on “Fox News Sunday” that a “tentative date” of May 15 had been selected.
“Just to clarify: we are aiming to bring Mueller in on the 15th, but nothing has been agreed to yet. That’s the date the Committee has proposed, and we hope the Special Counsel will agree to it. Sorry for the confusion,” Cicilline wrote on Twitter.
House Democrats are seeking Mueller to testify about his 448-page report after they criticized Attorney General William Barr of mischaracterizing the special counsel’s conclusions in a four-page summary released in March and in testimony to a Senate panel last week.
Barr said the report exonerated Trump or collusion and obstruction, although Mueller said his prosecutors couldn’t find evidence of a criminal conspiracy and didn’t exonerate Trump on obstruction.
Trump told reporters last Friday that he would leave the decision whether to allow Mueller to testify up to Barr.
“That’s up to our attorney general, who I think has done a fantastic job,” the president said.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, who initially said he wouldn’t invite Mueller to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee that he chairs, appeared to change his mind last Friday.
Graham (R-SC) said he sent a letter to Mueller offering him the chance to testify if he thought Barr misrepresented his report.
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