Graham says Mueller can testify about his conversation with Barr

White House complained to Barr about Mueller findings

Ms Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, accused Mr Barr of lying about his interactions with Mr Mueller after the special counsel concluded his 22-month investigation into Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 USA election to boost Mr Trump's candidacy.

FILE PHOTO: House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) chairs a House Judiciary Committee hearing on "the Justice Department's investigation of Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election", that U.S. Attorney General Barr had been scheduled to appear at, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 2, 2019.

Republicans say the Democrats are focusing on Barr as a substitute for impeachment, to avoid the political backlash that would come with official proceedings against Trump.

"They have succeeded in building a near unanimous sense in the Democratic Caucus that the executive branch of government is in defiance of the Constitution and the rule of law", said Raskin, a former constitutional law professor who sits on both the House Judiciary and Oversight committees.

The special counsel initially complained to Barr in a private letter sent on March 27 about the characterization of the report's findings in Barr's memo, saying it did not "fully capture the context, nature, and substance" of the probe.

"The House Judiciary Committee is now in direct contact w/ Robert Mueller's team about a potential hearing w/ special counsel, per a source familiar w/ conversations".

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Democrats raised the prospect of holding him in contempt after the department also missed the House Judiciary Committee deadline to provide it with a full, unredacted version of Mr Mueller's report and its underlying evidence.

Lawyers were going to be used to cross-examine the attorney general following questioning by members of Congress. Graham did not specify whether he wanted Mueller to appear in person. The letter includes a new date: Monday, May 6, at 9 a.m. On Friday, he offered to let Mueller provide testimony "if you would like" as to whether he felt Barr misrepresented Mueller's views at the Senate hearing. In particular, they have zeroed in on Barr's handling of the report's release, alleging that he is biased toward the president in his presentation of the report in his initial four-page summary of its conclusions.

US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has accused Attorney-General William Barr of committing a crime as congressional Democrats stepped up the pressure on President Donald Trump's administration.

"This Attorney General lacks all credibility and has I think compromised the American public's ability to believe that he is a purveyor of justice", she told reporters after the hearing.

Within minutes of Ms Pelosi's comments, Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec called her words "reckless, irresponsible and false".

During the call, Mueller told Barr that he did not think the attorney general's summary was inaccurate, but that the media coverage surrounding the investigation was misleading. But Mr. Barr has said he has no objection to Mr. Mueller testifying. Mueller responded that he was making no such claim - he was, instead, irritated by the press coverage of Barr's letter.

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