Mueller 'should not testify' before US Congress

White House counsel Don Mc Gahn and President Donald Trump

"This is the top law enforcement and top law official of the United States Department of Justice who through his testimony and then all of the weeks leading up to him testifying before us has called into question his integrity", Harris said. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) shouted "it's over!" as he stormed out of the hearing room. This sent him reeling, and it brought to full boil the anger of Mueller staffers, who wanted to charge Trump with obstruction based on the creative (i.e., wayward) theory they had been pursuing - namely, that a president can be indicted for obstruction based on the exercise of his constitutional prerogatives if prosecutors (including prosecutors who are active supporters of the president's political opposition) decide he had corrupt intent. Attorney General William P. Barr spent a weekend allegedly reading it and writing a book report.

Democrats aren't alone in seeking Mueller's testimony.

On collusion, Mueller said he did not assess whether that occurred because it is not a legal term. In a later tweet, the lawmaker clarified that the committee had proposed the date "but nothing has been agreed to yet".

The House Judiciary Committee chairman, Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, said last week the committee was "firming up the date" for Mueller's testimony and hoping it would be May 15. "Sorry for the confusion".

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on Sunday.

In late March, Mueller wrote a letter to Barr voicing dissatisfaction that a four-page memo to Congress describing the principal conclusions of his investigation into the president "did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance" of his work. He repeatedly denied accusations and insinuations by Democrats that he had lied or misrepresented anything.

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In his "Fox News Sunday" interview, Cicilline said the panel hopes Mueller will agree to testify.

Mueller, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, has not yet officially responded to the request, despite a confusing morning appearance on "Fox News Sunday" by Democratic Rep. David Cicilline in which he mistakenly suggested that Mueller had tentatively agreed to testify on May 15.

Asked whether Mueller has agreed, Cicilline responded: "The representative for the special counsel has, but, obviously, until the date comes, we never have an absolute guarantee".

"Barr's testimony alone - created to protect Trump - isn't going to cut it. They will testify. The American people deserve the truth", said Schiff, who has previously stated that he would like Mueller to appear before his panel. Now he's trying to silence Mueller.

He also said that if Barr doesn't comply with the committee's demands for Mueller's report and underlying documents by the Monday 9 a.m. EDT deadline, he thinks Nadler "will ask the committee to move forward with a contempt citation".

This article was written by Felicia Sonmez, a reporter for The Washington Post.

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