Published: Mon, May 06, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump says Mueller 'should not testify' before Congress

Trump says Mueller 'should not testify' before Congress

President Donald Trump is going after House Democrats on Twitter Sunday afternoon, amidst reports that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to a specific date - May 15th - on which he will testify before the House Judiciary Committee. He added: "Are they looking for a redo because they hated seeing the strong NO COLLUSION conclusion?"

President Donald Trump said Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller should not testify before Congress regarding his Russian Federation investigation. "No redos for the Dems!"

Representative Jerrold Nadler, the House Judiciary Committee chairman, has given Barr a Monday deadline to comply with a subpoena demanding an unredacted version of Mueller's report, along with its underlying evidence, or face a contempt charge.

Cicilline said on Fox that "obviously until the date comes, we never have an absolute guarantee" and in his tweet later, said that "we hope the Special Counsel" will agree to the proposed date for his testimony. In a letter sent to Barr in March - but which only came to light last week - Mueller took issue with the attorney general's decision to release only a four-page summary of the report, which Mueller said led to public confusion.

Some House Democrats pushed back against the president, saying Mueller will end up testifying one way or another.

Attorney General William Barr released a summary of Mueller's report days later, and a redacted version of it on April 18.

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May added her voice to these calls in an essay published in a Sunday newspaper. "We are negotiating with Theresa May's team as requested".

Trump's weekend statements on Mueller's testimony earned a sharp rebuke from House Democrats. "Before the American people", Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said on Twitter.

The Republican president has derided the investigation as a costly "witch hunt" and sought to characterize the report's findings as a victory.

'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. Now, in his new tweet, he makes it clear that he actually doesn't want Mueller to testify.

"They will testify. The American people deserve the truth", Schiff said.

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.

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