Trump now says Mueller should not testify before Congress

Critical William Barr appears at a Senate Committee hearing on Wednesday

Even "curiouser" was the comment that it was likely drafted by a member of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's staff, the implication being that it didn't reflect Mr. Mueller's view. On Friday, Trump told reporters it was up to Barr to decide if Mueller should testify.

"There was no crime, except on the other side (incredibly not covered in the Report), and NO OBSTRUCTION".

Earlier this month on the heels of Attorney General William Barr's press conference on the Mueller report, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler called on Mueller to testify in front of Congress on or before May 23. "No re-dos for the Dems!"

The committee's chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, had previously said he was hoping for an appearance by Mueller on that date.

Trump said on Twitter that Democrats in Congress were seeking a "redo" of Mueller's report, which declined to conclude whether the president's efforts to impede the investigation constituted obstruction of justice.

"Just to clarify: we are aiming to bring Mueller in on the 15th, but nothing has been agreed to yet", Cicilline said in the tweet.

Some analysts predicted open political warfare over the constitutional division of powers, with Democrats defending Congress's right to conduct oversight and the president and his aides pledging to fight against what they describe as politically driven investigations. "The Democrats are trying to win 2020".

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California Senator Kamala Harris' pointed questioning of Attorney General Bill Barr during this week's Senate Judiciary Committee hearings garnered a lot of attention.

Barr appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee at the Capitol on Wednesday.

But Trump's tweet Sunday left matters in a state of confusion. Mueller and Barr discussed the special counsel's objections.

The Justice Department said last week that it was "unable" to provide the investigative files Mueller compiled during his investigation, due to a "compelling need to protect the autonomy and effectiveness of its investigations". A redacted version of the document has been released; congressional Democrats are battling with Barr to get the full report.

"If the department persists in its baseless refusal to comply with a validly issued subpoena, the committee will move to contempt proceedings and seek further legal recourse", Nadler wrote.

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, noted in a tweet that Trump's opposition to Mueller testifying follows his opposition to having a former White House counsel testify. Clearly, it is not to do the work we sent them there to do for the people of our country but instead to hold on to their precious jobs for another term.

His four-page memo detailed 10 episodes that Democrats have argued amount to obstruction of justice by Donald Trump. According to CNN, Harris said in the letter that, "Such inappropriate requests by the President have been well documented".

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