Barr denies he is blocking Mueller testimony

Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet House poised to hold Barr, Ross in contempt Harris campaign accepts money from partners of law firm she criticized over Epstein case MORE on Wednesday denied that he is blocking special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE from testifying before Congress.

“It’s Bob’s call whether he wants to testify,” Barr told The Wall Street Journal while en route to El Salvador. “I’m going to break away from Washington and do the real work of the attorney general.”


Barr has repeatedly said that he does not object to Mueller testifying. President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE, however, voiced opposition on Twitter earlier this month to Mueller's testimony and said he should not present the findings of his probe into Russian election interference to Congress.

“Bob Mueller should not testify. No redos for the Dems!” Trump wrote

House Democrats had originally sought to have Mueller testify on May 15, but House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerTrump knocks Mueller after deal struck for him to testify House Democrats request briefing on Epstein, Acosta Nadler apologized after repeatedly calling Hope Hicks 'Ms. Lewandowski' at hearing MORE (D-N.Y.) said last Friday that the panel was still negotiating with the Justice Department and Mueller.

Nadler has suggested that he would be willing to compel Mueller’s testimony with a subpoena.

“He will come at some point. If it’s necessary, we will subpoena him and he will come,” Nadler told reporters.

A majority of voters said in a poll released Wednesday that Mueller should testify before Congress about his investigation and 448-page report.

Fifty-six percent of respondents in the Morning Consult–Politico survey said Mueller should testify, while only 19 percent said he shouldn't.

Barr is embarking on his first international trip since taking office by visiting El Salvador to meet with leaders in an effort to combat the violent gang MS-13.

The trip comes after the House Judiciary Committee voted last week to recommend Barr be held in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with a subpoena for the special counsel’s unreacted report and underlying evidence.