Trump primary challenger joins calls for Mueller to testify: 'Is this the report he issued?'

Trump primary challenger joins calls for Mueller to testify: 'Is this the report he issued?'
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Former Massachusetts Gov. William WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldMichigan GOP attempting to have Trump be only Republican candidate on ballot Weld files to run in GOP presidential primary in New Hampshire The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump demands Bidens testify MORE (R) on Thursday joined top Democrats in calling for special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerHouse impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' MORE to testify before Congress to "address the validity of his report," which will be released Thursday and will be partially redacted.

Weld, who has launched a 2020 primary challenge against President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE, also questioned whether the report's conclusions were determined by Mueller or if they have been "altered."

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"Confidence in our leaders and in our institutions is at the heart of our democracy," Weld wrote in a statement posted to Twitter. "That confidence has been shaken. It is essential that Special Counsel Bob Mueller come before Congress and address the validity of his report that has been redacted and released. Is this the report he issued?"

"Are these the conclusions to which he came or has the report been altered in any way? Was he pressured to remove or change anything?" he continued.

Weld, who led the Criminal Division of the Justice Department under former President Reagan, added that he has known Mueller for "over 30 years" and has "every confidence in his ability and his integrity."

Mueller investigated Russian interference in the 2016 election. Prior to Thursday's release of his report, Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrGOP rep predicts watchdog report on alleged FISA abuses will find 'problems' Barr defends Trump's use of executive authority, slams impeachment hearings GOP eager for report on alleged FBI surveillance abuse MORE offered a defense of Trump in a press conference, saying the report proves there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. 

Ahead of Barr's press conference, House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiKlobuchar shuts down idea a woman can't beat Trump: 'Pelosi does it every day' Budowsky: Trump destroying GOP in 2018, '19, '20 On The Money: Senate scraps plan to force second shutdown vote | Trump tax breaks for low-income neighborhoods draw scrutiny | McConnell rips House Dems for holding up trade deal MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTensions rise in Senate's legislative 'graveyard' 2020 Republicans accuse Schumer of snubbing legislation Schumer: Leadership trying to work out competing surprise medical bill measures MORE (D-N.Y.) called on Mueller to testify, citing their objections to Barr's handling of the long-awaited Mueller report release.