Graham says Mueller can testify about his conversation with Barr

Graham says Mueller can testify about his conversation with Barr

Graham says Mueller can testify about his conversation with Barr

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham has sent special counsel Robert Mueller a letter inviting him to testify regarding his phone call with Attorney General William Barr in which the two discussed Barr's four-page memo outlining the conclusions of Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

Washington Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal counted herself among Democrats who were dismayed that U.S. Attorney General William Barr opted not to testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee Thursday. She was referring to Barr's statements on April 9 when he told lawmakers he wasn't aware of special counsel Robert Mueller's concerns about his four-page summary of Mueller's 488-page report. Mr. Nadler threatened Friday to hold Mr. Barr in contempt if he did not comply with a final request to turn over the Mueller report and the relevant investigative materials.

"Attorney General Barr testified that you believed media coverage of your investigation was unfair without the public release of those summaries", Graham said.

Barr defended the president and ignored the people, according to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Barr released a redacted version of Mueller's 448-page report last month.

Even as Democratic lawmakers accused the Trump administration of a growing attack on USA democracy and the authority of Congress, the White House showed no sign of backing down.

Barr said he was puzzled by Mueller's indecision, so he and his No. 2, Rod Rosenstein, examined the evidence and concluded there weren't sufficient grounds to charge Trump with obstruction of justice.

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Also at the Senate hearing, the attorney general defended his handling of the Mueller Report and denied claims that he misrepresented the special counsel's findings. He sent a letter to Barr requesting an unredacted Mueller report by Monday, May 6.

Attorney General William Barr responds as he is asked a question from Sen.

Democrats have said they may issue a subpoena to try to force Barr to testify. "I didn't have to give any documents", Trump added.

David Cicilline, a Democrat and member of the House Judiciary Committee, told "Fox News Sunday" that Mueller's representatives had tentatively agreed to the May 15 date, but later clarified in a Tweet that "nothing has been agreed to yet". "It now falls to Congress to determine the full scope of that alleged misconduct and to decide what steps we must take going forward". Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) declared "it's over" and said he had no plans to invite Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify.

In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Barr said Mueller's letter was a "bit snitty". The report detailed numerous occasions in which Trump attempted to thwart the investigation, leading to several Democrats calling for his impeachment.

Flood sent a separate letter, dated April 19, to the Justice Department objecting in broad strokes to much of the Mueller report, claiming that it had provided far too much detail about the Trump 2016 campaign and about Trump's various responses to the launching of the Russian Federation investigation.

Barr's defenders say the attorney general followed Justice Department regulations and had no choice but to make a legal determination about a question Mueller had left unanswered.

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