Graham says he's 'not interested' in Mueller testifying

Graham says he's 'not interested' in Mueller testifying
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamFBI official under investigation for allegedly altering document in Russia probe: report Trump steps up GOP charm offensive as impeachment looms Graham requests State Department documents on Bidens, Ukraine MORE (R-S.C.), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is dismissing calls for special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE to testify about his probe into the 2016 election. 
 
Graham, who is currently on a congressional trip in Africa, told McClatchy on Thursday that he was "not interested" in having the former FBI director come speak before his panel. 
 
“He’s done his job,” Graham said about Mueller. "I’m not going to retry the case.”
 
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Graham, who has emerged as a close ally of President TrumpDonald John TrumpWatergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump In private moment with Trump, Justice Kennedy pushed for Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination: book Obama: 'Everybody needs to chill out' about differences between 2020 candidates MORE's, is likely to face steep pressure to reverse course and call Mueller before his committee. Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrThe truth about presidential power GOP rep predicts watchdog report on alleged FISA abuses will find 'problems' Barr defends Trump's use of executive authority, slams impeachment hearings MORE is set to testify before the panel early next month, and Graham is planning a separate probe into the 2016 election and the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocratic strategist laments 'low bar' for Biden debate performance Wasserman Schultz makes bid for House Appropriations Committee gavel Trump to hold campaign rally in Pennsylvania next month MORE's emails, as well as other Obama-era matters. 
 
Democrats are clamoring for Mueller to testify publicly about his findings on his investigation into Russian election interference and the Trump campaign. Two House panels, the Judiciary and Intelligence committees, have already issued invitations for the special counsel to testify next month. 
 
Because Republicans control the Senate, it will be up to GOP committee chairs to formally summon Mueller. A spokesperson for Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrHouse GOP wants Senate Republicans to do more on impeachment McConnell hopes Senate impeachment trial 'not too lengthy a process' Bipartisan senators urge national security adviser to appoint 5G coordinator MORE (R-N.C.), the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. 
 
 
"The job of the special counsel is to report his findings to the attorney general. I'm neutral on whether he should come and talk about his findings or not. I think his decision not to become a media figure during the investigation itself was both extraordinary and I thought a good decision," Blunt said. 
 
He added that "others" will have to decide "whether he should come and testify or not." 
 
But Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTrump steps up GOP charm offensive as impeachment looms Romney calls lunch with Trump 'delightful' Trump lunches with two of his biggest Senate GOP critics MORE (R-Maine), another member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, signaled that she believed it could be beneficial for Mueller to testify. 
 
“I am also pleased that the Attorney General indicated that he did not have any objection to Mr. Mueller testifying before Congress. If Mr. Mueller were to testify, it could give the Congress and the American people another opportunity to better understand the facts and conclusions that he reached during his investigation," she said in a statement. 
 
Barr told reporters during a press conference that he had "no objections" to Mueller testifying before Congress. 
 
But Republicans have suggested they are eager to move on from Mueller's two-year investigation, with Trump taking a victory lap shortly after Barr's press conference. 
 
Sen. Mike CrapoMichael (Mike) Dean CrapoEleven GOP senators sign open letter backing Sessions's comeback bid GOP requests update on criminal referrals prompted by 2018 Kavanaugh probe Nearing finish line, fight for cannabis banking bill shifts to the Senate MORE (R-Idaho), a member of the Judiciary Committee, said that he is "ready to move on from this drawn out attack on the President." Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott Gardner2020 hopes rise for gun control groups after Virginia elections Feehery: Pivoting to infrastructure could help heal post-impeachment wounds Tariffs threaten 1.5M jobs: Study MORE (R-Colo.), one of the most vulnerable incumbents up for reelection next year, added that "it’s time for Congress to move forward and get to work on behalf of the American people."

Blunt on Thursday was careful about jumping to conclusions, noting he hadn't read the report, but said that if it backs up the what has already been announced it was time to move on. 
 
"I don't have any reason at this point to question the conclusions that have already been reached," he said. "If those conclusions are justified by the report, and I believe they will be, I personally think the report should close that chapter."