Trump says Mueller 'must' stick to report's findings during testimony

President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated MORE said Tuesday that former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: 'I'd like to know' if Mueller read his own report MORE “must” stick to his report’s findings when he testifies to Congress about his probe into Russia's election interference and possible obstruction by Trump.

“Robert Mueller is being asked to testify yet again. He said he could only stick to the Report, & that is what he would and must do,” the president tweeted.

“After so much testimony & total transparency, this Witch Hunt must now end,” he continued. “No more Do Overs. No Collusion, No Obstruction. The Great Hoax is dead!”

Trump’s legal team said last week the White House is not planning to take any steps to block or limit Mueller’s testimony. Rather, the president’s tweet appears to be a warning shot to Mueller ahead of his July 17 appearance before Congress.


The House Judiciary and Intelligence committee hearings will mark the first time the former special counsel is answering questions about the nearly two year investigation, creating a major public spectacle surrounding the probe that Trump’s team has sought to move past.

Trump’s lawyers have attempted to set limits around Mueller’s testimony, perhaps laying the groundwork for future attacks if he exceeds them. Trump's personal attorney Jay SekulowJay Alan SekulowTrump, RNC sue to block California law requiring release of tax returns Voters sue California over tax return law targeting Trump Team Trump blasts California bill requiring candidates release tax returns to appear on ballot MORE said on CNN last Wednesday that it “certainly would be inappropriate” for Mueller to offer a “new revelation” to lawmakers.

Mueller’s report detailed a widespread effort by the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 presidential election on Trump’s behalf. It also laid out 10 instances of possible obstruction of justice by Trump, but did not arrive at a conclusion about whether he violated the law.

Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrAttorney General Barr's license to kill Medical examiner confirms Epstein death by suicide Justice Dept. says Mueller report has been downloaded 800 million times MORE later decided not to press charges against the president.

Democratic lawmakers are expected to pepper Mueller with questions about his decision not to recommend charges against Trump, specifically his citation of a Justice Department policy stating a sitting president should not be indicted.

Updated 11:20 a.m.