Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) clapped back at demands from Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), for special counsel Robert Mueller to testify about his investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election.
While on a congressional trip to Rwanda, the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman told McClatchy on Thursday that he is “not interested” in having Mueller testify in front of his committee about his bombshell report.
“He’s done his job, and I’m not going to retry the case,” Graham said.
His opinion comes as other lawmakers have already requested that Mueller testify publicly before each chamber of Congress. Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), for example, requested Thursday that Mueller come before his committee “as soon as possible.”
As IJR Blue reported, Pelosi and Schumer both called on Mueller to publicly testify in a press release on Thursday. Two top Democrats blasted Attorney General William Barr’s handling of the Mueller report as “regrettably partisan” and claimed that Barr “[spun] the report” during his Thursday press conference.
They continued on to say:
We believe 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. The American people deserve to hear the truth.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) — who has broken from her party in the past on certain issues — weighed in as well, saying that she was “pleased” that Barr was open to having Mueller testify and called for Mueller to testify.
Collins argued that having Mueller testify would “give the Congress and the American people another opportunity to better understand the facts and conclusions that he reached during his investigation.”
A vociferous advocate of President Donald Trump, Graham is likely going to face pressure to call Mueller in front of the committee for testimony.