Special counsel Robert Mueller has reached a tentative agreement to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on May 15, a committee member said Sunday.
In a Twitter rant, Trump accused Democrats of "looking for a redo because they hated seeing the strong NO COLLUSION conclusion".
President Donald Trump said Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller should not testify before Congress regarding his Russian Federation investigation.
Last week, Attorney General William Barr had reportedly agreed to testify in front of the same House Committee but did not show up the day of the hearing after discovering that Democrats meant to question Barr through legal counsel, similar to how the Senate Judiciary Committee questioned then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh over claims that he sexually assaulted a high school classmate decades ago. "But, obviously, until the date comes, we never have an absolute guarantee".
"Today, Trump announced he is opposed to Mueller testifying before Congress".
"The White House has so far indicated they would not interfere with Mr. Mueller's attempts to testify, we hope that won't change", he said. "Before the American people", Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said on Twitter.
Democrats have been eager for Mueller to testify at least since last month, when his report on Russian election interference and Trump's subsequent actions to squelch the investigation became public. "If you seek both transparency and for the American public to learn the full contours of the special council's investigation, public testimony from special council Mueller himself is undoubtedly the best way to accomplish this goal".
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Trump told reporters in the Oval Office last week that testimony from Mueller was "up to our attorney general".
He later tweeted that "nothing has been agreed to yet".
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer responded to Trump by saying in a tweet of his own that the president first refused to be interviewed by the special counsel and "now he's trying to silence" Mueller. For a man who constantly proclaims his innocence, ΓåòrealDonaldTrump is acting awfully guilty. Attorney General William P. Barr said during his senate testimony last week he would allow the special counsel to testify.
Trump's Sunday tweets also place him in opposition to some House Republicans who have expressed their support in bringing Mueller to testify.
"Why would the Democrats in Congress now need Robert Mueller to testify".
"Barr's testimony alone - created to protect Trump - isn't going to cut it".