In a recent interview, US Attorney General Bill Barr slammed Congressional Democrats, who he accused of creating a “public spectacle” of Robert Mueller’s upcoming public testimony.
House Democrats have repeatedly sought Mueller’s testimony, after the special counsel stated that he did not want to testify, eventually using a subpoena to force his hand.
The results of Mueller’s hotly-anticipated report proved to be a blow for Democrats hoping to impeach President Trump, resulting in a series of subpoenas and contentious hearings with various individuals.
Barr, himself, has taken fire from Democrats due to his own refusal to comply with continued hearings.
From The Hill:
Attorney General William Barr in a new interview blasts House Democrats for seeking to put on a “public spectacle” with former special counsel Robert Mueller‘s scheduled public appearance before Congress next week.
President Trump‘s top law enforcement official told The Associated Press in a new interview on Monday that he would also support Mueller if the former FBI chief chose not to “subject himself” by giving testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on July 17.
Barr also reportedly told the newswire that the Department of Justice (DOJ) would seek to fight off efforts by House Democrats to subpoena members of Mueller’s investigative team, which includes 19 attorneys as well as other personnel.
Mueller, who is under subpoena, has not provided any indications that he plans to bow out of the highly anticipated congressional testimony, which is expected to be one of the largest major spectacles on Capitol Hill in recent history.
The committee subpoenaed the reluctant former special counsel to testify after weeks of negotiations and after Mueller publicly stated that he does not wish to testify before Congress.
Mueller has maintained he will not go beyond the four corners of his report.
Democrats are eager to press Mueller on the 10 episodes of possible obstruction of justice by Trump as laid out in the report.
The Mueller report says the investigation did not find sufficient evidence to conclude there was coordination between members of the Trump campaign and Russia, but the special counsel did not make a determination either way as to whether the president obstructed justice.
“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” Mueller said in late May during his first public remarks about the probe.
Barr along with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and other DOJ officials ultimately made the decision the report did not include sufficient evidence to charge the president with a crime — a call Democrats say is theirs to make.
Trump and his GOP allies celebrated the announcement, touting that the investigation proved no collusion, no obstruction.
Barr’s involvement in the determination as well has his handling over the release of a redacted version of the Mueller report in April made him grow into large target for Democrats, with some accusing him of being a political hack and calling for his resignation.
Republicans, meanwhile, have celebrated Barr. And many are also eagerly waiting tog grill the former FBI chief on the origins of the Russia probe, and allegations of bias against the president among the top brass at the FBI and DOJ.