Trump now says Mueller should not testify before Congress

Mueller’s letter to William Barr could be the ‘smoking gun’ Trump fears
Atty. Gen. William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 1

06 May, 2019

"Democrats continue to cite no precedent for the Justice Department ceding Congress grand jury materials outside of impeachment proceedings, and today's letter is inaccurate in claiming the Justice Department provided information to Congress as part of the Starr investigation".

Democrats have ripped into Attorney General William Barr over his handling of the report's release, particularly after it was reported Mueller criticized his early characterizations of the report.

The dueling statements marked a sharp escalation in the conflict between the White House and Democrats who control the House of Representatives.

Barr's refusal to testify, as well as his declaration that he will not turn over an unredacted copy of the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, led to numerous calls by congressional Democrats and Democratic presidential candidates for Barr to resign or be impeached.

"The last time President Donald Trump sat down with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumerthe president walked in a huff and ignored their administration shutdown talks as a" total waste of time". With that out of the way, Graham pivoted to Mueller's much-discussed letter to Barr expressing concerns about Barr's four-page letter on the "principal conclusions" of the investigation. That could potentially lead to legal steps against the top US law enforcement official.

Though it was not reported until last week, Mueller soon thereafter wrote a letter to Barr criticizing the attorney general's summary of his report.

"Sources tell me there is an investigation into how this counterintelligence investigation into Trump began", she said. Nixon resigned in 1974 over the Watergate scandal.

"He lied to Congress", Pelosi said during her weekly news conference Thursday.

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But his determination to help the White House move beyond the probe has created a new problem.

"The left simply refuses to accept the Mueller investigation is over, and that justice is coming for them", she said. Nadler has issued a subpoena for McGahn to testify in its investigation of possible obstruction of justice by the president. "At this point, I don't believe anything Barr says".

Nadler's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from INSIDER on whether Mueller's testimony would be public or closed door under the terms of the "tentative" agreement.

Mr Nadler said the panel hoped the special counsel would appear before the committee on May 15. "I'm going to write Mr. Mueller a letter and I'm gonna ask him if he has any dispute with what Mr. Barr said about the conversation that was just described with Senator Blumenthal".

Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said Barr's no-show followed a dispute between House Democrats and Barr over whether Barr would publicly face questions from committee staff attorneys.

Nadler on Friday threatened to hold Barr in contempt of Congress.

'I think we saw how ridiculous and silly ... his delegation looked yesterday...' Asked whether Graham has changed his position on allowing Mueller to testify publicly, Graham spokeswoman Taylor Reidy said: "He's giving Mueller the opportunity to provide testimony regarding any misrepresentation by the attorney general of the substance of that phone call".

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