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FOCUS: Trump Trolls Mueller Not to Testify Before Congress
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49329"><span class="small">David Millward, The Telegraph</span></a>   
Monday, 06 May 2019 10:39

Millward writes: "Donald Trump is on course for a new clash with Democrats after he called on Robert Mueller not to testify before Congress."

Robert Mueller. (photo: AP)
Robert Mueller. (photo: AP)

Trump Trolls Mueller Not to Testify Before Congress

By David Millward, The Telegraph

06 May 19


onald Trump is on course for a new clash with Democrats after he called on Robert Mueller not to testify before Congress.

The US president intervened on Twitter, after it was reported that Mr Mueller had "tentatively agreed" to appear before the Democrat-led House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on May 15.

Democrats are keen to hear from Mr Mueller, who carried out a two-year investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

But Mr Trump accused the Democrats of trying to "redo" the Mueller report which, while clearing his 2016 election campaign of colluding with the Russians, did not exonerate him of obstructing justice.

"Bob Mueller should not testify. No redos for the Dems!" Mr Trump tweeted.

The president's intervention is certain to escalate tensions with senior Democrats who are pushing to see a full unredacted version of the Mueller report.

Democrats have opened a new point of attack, focusing on William Barr, the newly-appointed Attorney General, who they accuse of delivering a misleading summary of the Mueller report last month.

Last week Mr Barr refused to appear before the Judiciary Committee, to the fury of Democrats. 

One Democrat, Tennessee congressman, Steve Cohen, mocked Mr Barr placing a ceramic chicken on the Attorney General's empty chair.

Jerrold Nadler, the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, has accused Mr Barr of failing to do his job.

"He has failed to check the president's worst instincts. He has not only misrepresented the findings of the special counsel, he has failed to protect the special counsel's investigation from unfair political attacks," Mr Nadler said.

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+44 # BetaTheta 2019-05-06 13:37
What is Trump so afraid of? After all, Mueller is the guy who supposedly "exonerated" him. Trump is transparent as a glass of spring water, but seems not to care, as long as he can bamboozle his base.
+13 # jcdav 2019-05-06 15:40
Mueller and Barr should both testify. Under subpoena if necessary. The Pres. is not above the law, IF a sitting president is above the law and remains unaccountable until he leaves office what is to stop him/her from "postponing" elections or remaining in office for life---sounds kinda like a dictator---do you really think the founding fathers were THAT stupid/careless ? Accountability is part of the checks and balances that the GOP is working so assiduously to dismantle.
-14 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-05-06 17:03
How silly. Let Mueller testify before congress. He won't tell them anything. He has a long record of obfuscating, lying, and refusing to answer to congress. But the nation needs to see how Mueller represents himself. We've had billions of words in the mass media about Mueller. They have created a myth out of him. He's called Saint Robert by many in the media. So now let's see him speak for himself.

Trump does not get it. Mueller is a fool. He's a small minded man. His report is just as venal as Comey's report on the Hillary email investigation. Both did not find any criminal behavior and then in a very unprofessional manner they went on to describe reams of bad behavior. Competent prosecutors don't do that. If they don't have enough to prosecute, they just shut up and close the case in silence.
+4 # windrider 2019-05-06 21:34
All I see here is a tweet. Did Trump not send an official directive to Mueller or is this country now run by tweets?
+10 # DongiC 2019-05-06 22:44
What Trump is afraid of in my humble opinion is being exposed as an unsuccessful businessman, one whose reputation as some kind of genius realtor is really a hoax based on a clever use of mirrors. No brilliant entrepreneur needs to declare bankruptcy four times nor have his university pay millions of dollars in damages nor lose a fortune on the Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City. No one can see his income tax returns which would clear things up pretty fast. Trump is a super effective snake oil salesman claiming his product, his brand, can cure anything. It's amazing how many suckers believe him.
+3 # E.V.Debs 2019-05-07 02:53
This report is legitimate, but I would caution any reading it that the Telegraph has long been the right wing's go-to, shit-sheet, in Britain. Their former reporter, James Delingpole, now with Breitbart, is the prime climate change denialist in Europe, and they gave him a forum for many years.