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Trump Says Just Don't Do It as Mueller Testimony Tentatively Set

Trump Says Just Don't Do It as Mueller Testimony Tentatively Set

U.S. President Donald Trump said Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller should not testify before Congress, abandoning his previous declaration that he would leave that decision to his attorney general.

Democrats are desperate to question Mueller over both the conclusions reached in his report on collusion between the Trump 2016 presidential campaign and Russian officials looking to alter the outcome of the 2016 presidential elections, and over statements made last week, indicating that he felt his conclusions, particularly on the subject of President Donald Trump's attempted "obstruction of justice" were twisted by members of the media.

Escalating tensions with House Democrats as they seek to bring Mueller before the House Judiciary Committee, Trump tweeted: "no redos for the Dems".

Rep. David Cicilline, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, said the panel is negotiating with Mueller to appear later this month to discuss the findings of his Russian Federation report.

He said the agreement is still tentative because "the representative for the special counsel has" signed off, but "until the day comes, we never have an absolute guarantee".

Trump says on Twitter that he opposes Bob Mueller testifying. "Mueller must testify publicly before Congress". "Before the American people", Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said on Twitter.

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Mr. Trump's tweet came soon after Democratic Rep. David Cicilline, who sits on the House Judiciary Committee, announced that he is working on arranging Mueller's testimony.

While the special counsel completed his report in March and urgered Barr to release introductions and executive summaries of the document's volumes quickly, the attorney general did not do so. Trump said referring to Mueller's report. Schiff pointed out that Mr. Trump has also opposed letting former White House counsel Don McGahn testify. "They will testify. The American people deserve the truth".

The Mueller report does not specify that "collusion" did not occur, in part perhaps because "collusion" is not a legal term to which he and his team could investigate.

The report cited 10 "episodes" of potential obstruction of justice by the president, but it offered no verdict on whether he should be charged.

And a letter that Mueller wrote to Barr objecting to his summary of the report was released. Barr made that assertion despite a letter he received in March from Mueller complaining Barr's summary didn't fully capture the "context, nature and substance" of his almost 400-page report.


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