Barr denies he is blocking Mueller testimony

Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrClash with Trump marks latest break with GOP leaders for Justin Amash Schiff: Impeachment proceedings could be 'tool' to get information, evidence Trump fires back at 'loser' GOP lawmaker who said he'd engaged in 'impeachable conduct' MORE on Wednesday denied that he is blocking special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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 TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' 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 NadlerDemocrats are running out of stunts to pull from impeachment playbook Trump asks if Nadler will look into Clinton's 'deleted and acid washed' emails Trump tweets conservative commentator's criticism of FBI director 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.