Donald Trump’s Roy Cohnesque attorney general William Barr is in a lot of trouble. Toward the end of his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) asked the AG whether Special Counsel Robert Mueller III obtained the president’s financial records. Barr replied that she would have to “ask him.” What followed is probably not what the AG anticipated.
Klobuchar wrote a letter to Mueller asking for those records. POTUS has claimed that none of the present and past White House administration members could testify. Therefore, the attorney general’s slip was a huge gift to the Democrats.
Axios tweeted that there was a “tentative date” set for Mueller to testify. The special counsel tentatively consented to a date of May 15:
‘NEW: A representative for Robert Mueller has agreed to a “tentative date” of May 15 for the special counsel to testify before the House Judiciary Committee.’
Representative David Cicilline (D-RI) made the announcement on Sunday, according to Axios. Other Democrats have stated that they wanted the special counsel to testify. They have been particularly interested in several points.
Democrats wanted to question Mueller about why he did not make a final decision to indict or not indict the president. They wondered whether the special counsel intended for Barr to make the final decision or Congress. The panel also wanted to know whether the special counsel agreed with Barr’s four-page summary/bottom line decision, and if not, why?
During the Senate Judicial Committee meeting, the press reported that Mueller had called Barr and told him how unhappy he was. In addition, the special counsel called the AG out with not only one but two letters of complaint. A written letter has always been a document for the records, and a letter has been a rare choice for Mueller previously.
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