Mueller 'should not testify' before Congress

Trump Says It Directly:

The special counsel did not make a decision about whether President Trump obstructed justice and, following that, Attorney General William Barr concluded there was insufficient evidence to support obstruction charges.

The Department of Justice announced last week that it would not comply with Democrats' request for the full unredacted report and the underlying evidence on the grounds that it amounts to unconstitutional congressional overreach.

Mr. Barr missed a May 1 deadline for turning over the full report and all supporting evidence, and Mr. Nadler softened his demand to a less-redacted report and some of the supporting evidence Mr. Mueller amassed.

The House Judiciary Committee has been seeking to hear from Mueller amid disagreements about whether Barr mischaracterized the special counsel's report in his congressional testimony and statements.

The letter was signed by former Justice Department prosecutors who served under both Democratic and Republican administrations, including ex-U.S. attorneys and public corruption trial lawyers.

"They know the Justice Department is working to negotiate even as they pursue contempt charges, making their move today illogical and disingenuous".

Mueller's 448-page report on the almost two-year investigation into Russian Federation election meddling, completed in late March, mapped out multiple instances where Trump appeared to try to obstruct the probe. Mueller didn't charge Trump with obstruction but wrote that he couldn't exonerate him, either.

"The attorney general continues to offer accommodations to Chairman Nadler".

The House Judiciary Committee chairman, Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, confirmed last week that the committee was "firming up the date".

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"As former federal prosecutors, we recognize that prosecuting obstruction of justice cases is critical because unchecked obstruction - which allows intentional interference with criminal investigations to go unpunished - puts our whole system of justice at risk", the letter states.

Barr has released a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Democratic lawmakers expressed their displeasure with Trump's position.

Barr testified on Capitol Hill last week before the more Republican-friendly Senate judiciary committee.

Democrats hope Mr Mueller's testimony may offer insights into parts of the report now shrouded by redactions. It left open the question of obstruction of justice by Trump, citing a Justice Department memo that precludes bringing an indictment against a sitting president.

Trump denied any wrongdoing in a tweet on Monday.

"There was no crime, except on the other side (incredibly not covered in the report), and no collusion".

He then added: "Are they looking for a redo because they hated seeing the strong NO COLLUSION conclusion?"

Barr also skipped a hearing before Nadler's committee last Thursday, after Democrats adopted an aggressive format that would have subjected the attorney-general to questions from staff attorneys.

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