GOP lawmaker: Mueller should 'come to Congress'

Republican Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdHillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data Hillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data Lawmakers grapple with deepfake threat at hearing MORE (Texas) on Friday said he believes special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction 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 should testify before Congress on the findings of his investigation into Russia's 2016 election interference.

Hurd, in an appearance on CNN, said Mueller testifying could “settle things.”

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“We’re talking about a report, one dude’s opinion of a report written by another dude. Let's have that dude that wrote the report come to Congress and talk about that and people get to ask him questions,” Hurd said. “And then, again, we should be talking about this disinformation strategy and how to deal with it in the future.” 

“You may be the first person who's ever called Robert Mueller a dude,” Berman said.

“No disrespect to the attorney general or Bob Mueller,” Hurd responded.

 

Hurd’s comments come as President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump tweets ICE will begin removing 'millions' of undocumented migrants MORE has given various answers when asked whether Mueller should testify; most recently, he said it was up to Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrForeign interference is a threat to the 2020 elections — presidential interference is, too Foreign interference is a threat to the 2020 elections — presidential interference is, too America's crisis of compassion is a Constitutional crisis, too MORE to decide.

Some other House Republicans, including Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), have previously called on Mueller to testify “immediately.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, initially indicated that he wouldn’t ask Mueller to testify, saying that the matter was “over.”

But he later sent a letter to Mueller asking if he would like to testify about any “misrepresentation” about a phone call he had with Barr after the four-page memo was released.

CNN host John Berman pressed Hurd about a subpoena issued to the Justice Department by the House Intelligence Committee this week for all counterintelligence and foreign intelligence materials related to the Mueller report and whether he thinks the agency should be held in contempt if it fails to comply.

“The contempt question, I think, we’re ways away from that,” Hurd said. “I think that this is a good sign that there’s bipartisan support on trying to get to uncover this information and why is this important.”

“Part of this is to get a better understanding of what the Russians were trying to do in our elections so that we can prepare for it in the future,” Hurd said, so “that we can make sure that our intelligence services are doing what they need in order to collect information to prevent this from happening in the future.”

Updated at 9:35 a.m.