Trump says Mueller should not testify: 'No redos for the Dems!'

Trump says Mueller should not testify: 'No redos for the Dems!'

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President Donald Trump tweeted a fiery rejection of special council Robert Mueller testifying before Congress on Sunday, backtracking previous statements on the matter and going against the position of some House Republicans.

Cicilline later stepped back from that, tweeting that "nothing has been agreed to yet".

"I think when Senator Van Hollen and Representative [Charlie] Christ asked you if the special counsel disagreed with you, under oath you had to go out of your way not to at least mention the fact that he had sent you this letter".

Democrats on the committee accused Barr of minimizing actions described in the report that Mueller said could be counted as obstruction.

Spokespeople for the Justice Department and Mueller declined to comment on Cicilline's remarks, and Mueller's spokesman declined to comment on Trump's tweet. Instead, they found ample evidence of Russian interference into the 2016 general election and numerous instances in which the Trump campaign was eager and active in contacts with Russians.

Mr. Trump said last week that he would let Barr decide on Mueller's testimony. "We think the American people have a right to hear directly from him".

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US President Donald Trump talks to reporters during a meeting with Slovakia's Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, US, May 3, 2019.

Mueller has been under pressure to testify before Congress by Democrats claiming that Attorney General William Barr misrepresented the special counsel's findings.

Trump and House Democrats are locked in a battle over congressional oversight, with the president refusing to cooperate with multiple Capitol Hill investigations seeking witnesses, documents and his tax returns. "We must hear from Director Mueller".

In his "Fox News Sunday" interview, Cicilline said the panel hopes Mueller will agree to testify.

"Barr's testimony alone - created to protect Trump - isn't going to cut it".

Mueller reported that Trump in mid-2017 ordered McGahn to have Mueller removed. "They will testify. The American people deserve the truth".

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., responded to Trump with his own tweet. "Mueller must testify publicly before Congress".

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