Now that the redacted Mueller report is in the public record, everyone seems to be putting their spin on it. But some voices on Capitol Hill aren’t entirely done with special counsel Robert Mueller and are calling on him to testify.
On Thursday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) issued a statement in which he called on Mueller to testify before his committee. He also said that Attorney General William Barr will appear before the committee on May 2.
“The Special Counsel determined that he would not make a traditional charging decision in part because of the Department of Justice policy that a sitting President could not be indicted,” Nadler wrote. “[…] The responsibility now falls to Congress to hold the President accountable for his actions.”
At another point in his statement, Nadler accused Barr of playing defense for the White House, saying that “the Attorney General’s decision to withhold the full report from Congress is regrettable, but no longer surprising.”
In a letter to Mueller dated Thursday, Nadler wrote: “I request your testimony before the Judiciary Committee as soon as possible — but, in any event, no later than May 23.”
And Nadler had company on Capitol Hill. Also on Thursday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) both called for Mueller to testify before Congress.
Pelosi tweeted that Mueller testifying on the Hill before both the House and the Senate is “the only way to begin restoring public trust in the handling” of his investigation.
The only way to begin restoring public trust in the handling of the Special Counsel’s investigation is for Special Counsel Mueller himself to provide public testimony in the House and Senate as soon as possible.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) April 18, 2019
Mueller’s testimony on Capitol Hill would surely be another blockbuster moment in what has become a unique genre of blockbuster moments: top Washington officials testifying before Congress.
For Mueller, the testimony would be unusually anticipated since he was such a private and almost clandestine presence in Washington while his investigation was underway.