The top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee is calling on the panel’s chairman, Democratic New York Rep. Jerry Nadler, to “immediately” invite Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before Congress.
“If you seek both transparency and for the American public to learn the full contours of the Special Counsel’s investigation, public testimony from Special Counsel Mueller himself is undoubtedly the best way to accomplish this goal,” Republican Georgia Rep. Doug Collins wrote in a letter to Nadler.
“I urge you to do the right thing, follow the law, and invite the Special Counsel to testify before the Committee immediately.”
Attorney General William Barr is planning to release a version of Mueller’s report of the Russia investigation to Congress by the middle of this month.
He said in a letter to lawmakers on March 24 that he will redact grand jury and classified information from the report, as required under federal law. He also summarized Mueller’s findings that investigators were unable to establish that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election.
Nadler and other Democrats have expressed dissatisfaction with Barr’s determination on the question of obstruction of justice. According to Barr’s letter, Mueller deferred to the Justice Department on whether to charge Trump in an obstruction case.
Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein declined charges, arguing that since there was no underlying crime of collusion, there would be nothing for Trump to obstruct.
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