Trump says he won't watch Mueller testimony

Trump says he won't watch Mueller testimony
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE insisted Friday that he won’t watch 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’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. GreenDanish prime minister: Trump's idea to buy Greenland 'absurd'  Juan Williams: Democrats finally hit Trump where it hurts We need a climate plan for agriculture 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 PelosiWhy President Trump needs to speak out on Hong Kong Anti-Trump vets join Steyer group in pressing Democrats to impeach Trump Pelosi warns Mnuchin to stop 'illegal' .3B cut to foreign aid 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 BarrCurrent and former prosecutors respond to Barr's 'concerning' comments on progressive DAs Attorney General Barr's license to kill Medical examiner confirms Epstein death by suicide MORE and then-Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinWhy the presumption of innocence doesn't apply to Trump McCabe sues FBI, DOJ, blames Trump for his firing Rosenstein: Trump should focus on preventing people from 'becoming violent white supremacists' 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.