Trump says he won't watch Mueller testimony

Trump says he won't watch Mueller testimony
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE insisted Friday that he won’t watch special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation MORE’s testimony before Congress next week.

Trump, who was asked directly if he would be watching the marathon testimony, also told reporters that Democrats need to “stop playing games,” and called the recent effort by Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenTen notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment Methane emissions continue to drop Two coal miners demand McGrath stop using their images in McConnell attack ad MORE (D-Texas) to force a vote on impeachment a “big waste of time.”

"As far as I’m concerned they already took their impeachment vote, and the impeachment vote was so lopsided, it was a massive victory,” Trump said, referring to a House vote earlier this week that quashed an impeachment resolution introduced by Green.

“And you know what, at some point they have to stop playing games, because they’re just playing games. No, I won’t be watching Mueller,” Trump said, speaking to reporters Friday afternoon as he departed the White House for a roundtable with supporters and fundraising event in New Jersey.

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Mueller is slated to testify for a combined five hours before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees at back-to-back public hearings Wednesday.

Democrats hope the hearing will illuminate the details of Mueller’s 448-page report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, which provides an exhaustive account of the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia and nearly a dozen potential episodes of obstruction of justice by Trump.

Some pro-impeachment Democrats hope the hearing will move the needle towards beginning impeachment proceedings against the president.

But House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden blasts Trump, demands he release transcript of call with foreign leader Pelosi wants to change law to allow a sitting president to be indicted Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Walmart to stop selling e-cigarettes | Senators press FDA to pull most e-cigarettes immediately | House panel tees up e-cig hearing for next week MORE (D-Calif.) has remained expressly against the possibility, noting lawmakers need to focus on their investigations and going to court as necessary to enforce subpoenas issued to the executive branch and other witnesses.

Mueller did not find sufficient evidence to charge members of the Trump campaign with conspiring with Russia to interfere in the investigation, though he wrote that the campaign expected to “benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts." Trump and his Republican allies have cheered the result as vindicating him of allegations of “collusion” with Russia.

Mueller also did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice, and Democrats argue that the evidence laid out in the report would result in charges if he weren’t president. Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrClarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump Democrats to seek ways to compel release of Trump whistleblower complaint Democrats press Nadler to hold Lewandowski in contempt MORE and then-Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Nadler's House committee holds a faux hearing in search of a false crime House Democrats seeking Sessions's testimony in impeachment probe MORE reviewed the evidence and judged it insufficient to accuse Trump of criminal wrongdoing.

Trump has continued to attack the Mueller investigation as a “witch hunt” and excoriated Democrats in the House for what the president has termed an attempted “re-do” of the Russia probe.

Wednesday’s hearing is likely to dominate the airwaves as Democrats drill down on the more unsavory details about Trump’s conduct documented in the report, which many Americans have not read.

Brett Samuels contributed.