Amid efforts by the House Judiciary Committee to nail down a "tentative date" for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify under oath about his two-year investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and accusations about President Donald Trump's possible obstruction of justice efforts related to that probe, the president himself weighed in forcefully on Sunday afternoon by saying Mueller should not testify. Add Russia Investigation as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Russia Investigation news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
US President Donald Trump said Sunday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller "should not testify" before Congress on his Russian Federation election meddling inquiry, setting up a confrontation with Democrats already irate over what they view as increasingly brazen administration stone-walling. In a later tweet, the lawmaker clarified that the committee had proposed the date "but nothing has been agreed to yet".
Cicilline says that 'obviously until the date comes, we never have an absolute guarantee'.
Democrats on the committee accused Barr of minimizing actions described in the report that Mueller said could be counted as obstruction. On Friday, Trump told reporters it was up to Barr to decide if Mueller should testify.
Barr testified Wednesday that Mueller didn't challenge the accuracy of his memo summarizing the principal conclusions of the special counsel's report, including when they spoke on the phone.
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"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. "That's up to the attorney general, who I think has done a fantastic job", he said. "The American people deserve the truth", he said on Twitter.
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. Bob Mueller should not testify.
Trump's Sunday tweets also place him in opposition to some House Republicans who have expressed their support in bringing Mueller to testify. "That's up to our attorney general".
"Barr's testimony alone - created to protect Trump - isn't going to cut it". In one instance, the report said McGahn defied an order from the president to remove Mueller from the investigation. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted, in part: "Now he's trying to silence Mueller". Then he refused to be interviewed by Mueller.
"I think it's imperative for Mueller to testify".