The American public will hear from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to someone who might be able to make that happen.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff told ABC “This Week” that Mueller will be compelled to testify and it’s more a matter of when than if.
“I am convinced it’s going to happen. That is inexorable. The American people have every right to hear what the man who did the investigation has to say,” said Schiff, who accused attorney general Bill Barr of misrepresenting the special counsel report made public in April. “He is going to testify.”
Democrats have criticized Barr for misrepresenting the special counsel’s findings since late March when the attorney general released a summary of the 448 page report that the president immediately cited as proof he’d been exonerated of wrong-doing. Mueller soon after sent a letter to Barr expressing concern that the four page summary — made public less than 48 hours after Mueller’s comprehensive report was filed — “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this office’s work and conclusions.”
After receiving that letter, Barr testified to congress that he didn’t know how Mueller felt about the summary. Leading Democrats have accused the attorney general of lying.
House Democrats had hoped Mueller would come to Capitol Hill to clarify the details in his report as early as Wednesday, but no appointment has been set. Despite repeated claims that Mueller’s findings exonerate him, the president has tweeted “Bob Mueller should not testify.”
I was NOT going to fire Bob Mueller, and did not fire Bob Mueller. In fact, he was allowed to finish his Report with unprecedented help from the Trump Administration. Actually, lawyer Don McGahn had a much better chance of being fired than Mueller. Never a big fan!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2019
House Democrats also want to hear from former White House Counsel Don McGahn, who reportedly told the special counsel the president instructed him to fire Mueller. Trump claimed he did no such thing, then invoked Executive Privilege with hopes of stopping McGahn from telling Congress his side of the story.
“I don’t think I can let him and then tell everybody else you can because especially him because he was the counsel,” Trump said last week.
The President tweeted Saturday he was “never a big fan” of McGahn.
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