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Mueller shouldn't testify on probe

Mueller shouldn't testify on probe

U.S. President Donald Trump said Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller should not testify before Congress, abandoning his previous declaration that he would leave that decision to his attorney general.

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.

Across two tweets, Mr. Trump wrote, "why would the Democrats in Congress now need Robert Mueller.to testify". "No redos for the Dems!"

Cicilline called the agreement "tentative", he said, because "the representative for the Special Counsel has" signed off on the scheduled hearing but that "until the day comes, we never have an absolute guarantee".

The committee's chairman, Representative Jerrold Nadler of NY, had previously said he was hoping for an appearance by Mueller on that date. "They will testify. The American people deserve the truth", said Schiff, who has previously stated that he would like Mueller to appear before his panel.

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During a brief Oval Office session with reporters Friday, President Trump deferred to Attorney General William Barr, saying, "I don't know". "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".

The attorney general has been widely criticized by Democrats and some conservatives for how he has handled the release of Mueller's findings.

Cicilline later clarified his comments on Twitter, stating that no date had officially been agreed to. For a man who constantly proclaims his innocence, ΓåòrealDonaldTrump is acting awfully guilty. Now, in his new tweet, he makes it clear that he actually doesn't want Mueller to testify. "Bob Mueller should not testify [sic]", the president added.

"Barr's testimony alone - created to protect Trump - isn't going to cut it", tweeted House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff on Sunday afternoon.

Cicilline also said that if Barr doesn't comply with the committee's demands for Mueller's report and underlying documents by the Monday 9 a.m. EDT deadline, he thinks Nadler "will ask the committee to move forward with a contempt citation".