A Republican senator on the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee has come out against having Special Counsel Robert Mueller testify before Congress, telling CNN on Monday that it was not “necessary.”
Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) — the junior senator from Iowa who is up for reelection in 2020 — pushed back on her Democratic colleagues’ calls to bring Mueller in for a testimony.
She argued there was a “possibility” that the special counsel could come to testify before Congress but that she did not think it was “necessary,” as the redacted version of the report investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was already made public.
“I don’t know that that’s necessary, we have the report so we can go from there,” she said.
Ernst told CNN that she wanted to turn attention towards reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. When asked if President Donald Trump’s alleged behavior depicted in Mueller’s report raised any concerns for her, Ernst replied:
“I think we all know who the President is, he has a brash demeanor, that’s about all I can say.”
The Iowa senator is not the first Republican to voice their opposition of having Mueller testify.
As IJR Red previously reported, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) clapped back at the Democrats’ demands for Mueller’s testimony on Thursday while on a congressional trip to Rwanda, saying that he was “not interested” in having the special counsel testify.
“He’s done his job, and I’m not going to retry the case,” he said.
As IJR Blue noted, Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) released a joint statement on Thursday calling on Mueller to testify, claiming the Mueller report itself “undercut” Attorney General William Barr’s claim that “the president did not obstruct justice.”