President Donald Trump said Sunday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller ‘should not testify’ in a planned May 15 congressional hearing about his 22-month-long Russia probe.
‘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,’ he tweeted.
‘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!’
A Democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee had said hours earlier that he was hopeful Mueller would appear before the panel, citing a ‘tentative date’ for his testimony.
Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline said on ‘Fox News Sunday’ that ‘we hope the special counsel will appear’ on May 15 and that ‘we think the American people have a right to hear directly from him.’
The committee chairman, Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, said last week the committee was ‘firming up the date’ for Mueller’s testimony and hoping it would be May 15.
House Judiciary Committee Democrats are softening the ground for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify in a May 15 hearing
House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler said last week that he wanted a May 15 date, and on Sunday a committee member said in a TV interview that it was a ‘tentative’ date for Mueller’s testimony
Mueller’s report found no evidence for Democrats’ long-held contention that the Trump campaign colluded with Russians to influence the election, but the president is still facing allegations he obstructed justice by firing FBI Director James Comey and trying to impede the special counsel probe
Cicilline says that ‘obviously until the date comes, we never have an absolute guarantee.’
Democrats are seeking more information about Mueller’s report on his Russia investigation.
Spokespeople for the Justice Department and Mueller didn’t immediately return messages Sunday.
Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline said on ‘Fox News Sunday’ that he’s hopeful Mueller will show up in Conress on May 15
Mueller’s report, delivered to the Justice Department on March 24, found no evidence for Democrats’ long-held contention that the Trump campaign colluded with Russians to influence the election,
But the president is still facing allegations he obstructed justice by firing FBI Director James Comey and trying to impede the special counsel probe.
Mueller has said no one from the White House tried to get in his way, and the president did not assert executive privilege to stop the special counsel team from questining any of his aides.
Cicilline said Sunday that the Trump administration has shown no sign that its pattern of transparency will end where Mueller’s work begins.
‘The White House has so far indicated they would not interfere with Mr. Mueller’s attempts to testify, we hope that won’t change,’ he said.
Mueller has testified before Congress before, including this 2013 hearing when he was the FBI director
Mueller sent thie lstter to Attorney General William Barr on March 27, complaining about the pace of the Justice Department’s release of his report on Russia’s 2016 election meddling
The House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed an unredacted copy of Mueller’s report, something Attorney General Bill Barr is unwilling to hand over. He has cited a federal law that bars him from disclosing secret grand jury proceedings, even to Congress.
Nadler has given the DOJ until 9:00 a.m. on Monday to comply, threatning a contempt of Congress proceeding against Barr if that deadline comes and goes.
Cicilline said there has not been “compliance yet” from the attorney general.
‘We obviously have to wait until the morning to see if the attorney general will comply,’ Cicilline cautioned.
‘The chairman has been very patient, trying to accommodate the attorney general in every way,’ Cicilline claimed.
‘But the members of our committee need to see the full report and the supporting documents so we can continue to do our work.’
Mueller’s testimony will be the most hotly anticipated Capitol Hill must-see TV since last week’s Senate hearing with Attorney General Bill Barr.
Barr fielded questions from the Republican-dominated panel but refused to repeat his performance before Nadler’s committee a day later because he was expected to submit to a grilling from attorneys in addition to the elected lawmakers.