Last July, following the conclusion of his Russia investigation, Robert Mueller testified before the Democrat-led House Intelligence Committee. Democratic members of the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee have requested that Mueller testify before their committee as well — and now, Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) claims that their “request will be granted” and Mueller will be brought in for testimony. In his initial public announcement, Graham made no mention of whether or not he’d reached out to Mueller in order to attempt to ascertain whether he would even be willing to testify before the committee.
Early Sunday, Graham posted on Twitter:
‘Apparently Mr. Mueller is willing – and also capable – of defending the Mueller investigation through an oped in the Washington Post. Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have previously requested Mr. Mueller appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify about his investigation. That request will be granted.’
Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have previously requested Mr. Mueller appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify about his investigation.
That request will be granted.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) July 12, 2020
Beyond that simple statement — that their “request will be granted” — he made no further details immediately available. As he mentions, Mueller published an opinion piece in The Washington Post in defense of his investigation recently. That article followed President Donald Trump’s decision to commute the sentence of his longtime ally Roger Stone, meaning that Stone wouldn’t have to serve a day of the over three-year prison sentence that he’d been dealt after getting found guilty of federal crimes related to an obstruction of justice scheme that was launched, in part, in response to Mueller’s investigation. That scheme was meant to shield Stone, the president, and the Trump campaign from scrutiny over their attempted connection with overseas election meddlers like WikiLeaks.
In his article, Mueller bluntly writes:
‘The Russia investigation was of paramount importance. Stone was prosecuted and convicted because he committed federal crimes. He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so.’
The Trump team has claimed that the charges against Stone were never legitimate in the first place. Instead, they claim, prosecutors targeted Stone because of animosity towards the Trump team in general. Mueller fiercely rebuffed this claim. He wrote:
‘We made every decision in Stone’s case, as in all our cases, based solely on the facts and the law and in accordance with the rule of law. The women and men who conducted these investigations and prosecutions acted with the highest integrity. Claims to the contrary are false.’
Check out Twitter’s response to Graham below: