US President turnabout on Bob Mueller testimony angers Democrats

Vastavam web: President Donald Trump’s turnabout on whether the special counsel should appear before Congress “Bob Mueller should not testify,” he tweeted has sparked criticism from Democratic lawmakers eager to question the author of the report on Russia’s election interference.

Trump had previously said he would leave the question of Robert Mueller testifying to Attorney General William Barr. The attorney general has said he has no objection to Mueller testifying.

Not only did Trump in tweets Sunday contend that Mueller’s report didn’t reveal collusion and that there was no obstruction, he asserted: “Bob Mueller should not testify.

“First @realDonaldTrump repeatedly tried to fire Mueller,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N Y, tweeted Sunday in response to Trump’s messages.

“Then he refused to be interviewed by Mueller. Now he’s trying to silence Mueller. Trump’s repeated statements on collusion and obstruction differ from the report’s.

On collusion, Mueller said he did not assess whether that occurred because it is not a legal term. He looked into a potential criminal conspiracy between Russia and the Trump campaign and said the investigation did not collect sufficient evidence to establish criminal charges on that front.

Mueller didn’t charge Trump with obstruction but wrote that he couldn’t exonerate him, either.

In his tweets Sunday, Trump did not indicate if he would take any steps to block Mueller, who is a Justice Department employee. The president tweeted after a Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee said he was hopeful Mueller would testify, noting that May 15 has been proposed.