Trump now says Mueller should not testify before Congress

The Real Reason Democrats Hate Bill Barr

"Instead of upholding our laws and our tradition of democratic oversight, Mr. Barr has deliberately chosen to lie for a corrupt president who is acting more like a king than the leader of a free nation".

The stand-off heightened tensions sparked by Mr Trump's refusal to comply with House investigations, with some senior Democrats hinting a continued blockade could nudge them closer to impeachment.

The Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate judiciary committee, Lindsey Graham, on Friday offered U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller the opportunity to testify before his committee about any misstatements Attorney General William Barr might have made about Mueller's investigation.

On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused Barr of lying to Congress. Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec called Pelosi's accusation "reckless, irresponsible and false". Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., has ordered Attorney General William Barr to produce by Monday the unredacted special counsel report and its underlying evidence, including secret grand jury information, or be held in contempt of Congress. That could potentially lead to legal steps against the top US law enforcement official.

The less-redacted version of the Mueller report was released April 18, and while it does not conclude whether Trump committed a crime, it states that "it does not exonerate him". "Why didn't you just pick up the phone and call me if there's an issue?'" Barr said. Nixon resigned in 1974 over the Watergate scandal. "So, as we go forward, we have to have the same approach", Pelosi said to the Times.

Barr said that Trump instructing his lawyer (White House Counsel Don McGahn) to change his testimony is "not a crime".

The last thing Democrats want to see is President Trump back in the White House for four more years. During a brief Oval Office session with reporters Friday, Trump deferred to Barr, saying, "I don't know".

Barr sat in front of Congress and told lawmakers Mueller and his team didn't object to his four-page summary.

Democrats have been vocally calling for Mueller to testify, arguing that Barr misrepresented the special counsel's findings.

It was later revealed that Mueller himself had sent a letter expressing his concerns to Barr about his summary.

But in subsequent testimony to Congress last month, Barr said he was unaware of any disagreement Mueller might have had with him over the summary.

"I'm trying to grapple with the word 'suggest, '" Barr said Wednesday at the hearing. "At this point, another step that we will be taking, is we want Robert Mueller to come and testify before us".

Robert Mueller, the man who led the almost two-year investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, has been asked to testify to Congress on May 15, a lawmaker said Sunday.

In a clash over the balance of power between the government's legislative and executive branches, the Trump administration is stonewalling congressional investigators and asserting that it is within its rights to do so.

Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, concluded there was insufficient evidence to show a criminal conspiracy and opted not to make a conclusion on whether Trump committed obstruction of justice, but pointedly did not exonerate him.

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