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 GrahamWhy Trump's bigoted tropes won't work in 2020 The Memo: Toxic 2020 is unavoidable conclusion from Trump tweets GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm MORE (R-S.C.), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is dismissing calls for special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats 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 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 TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE's, is likely to face steep pressure to reverse course and call Mueller before his committee. Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet House poised to hold Barr, Ross in contempt Harris campaign accepts money from partners of law firm she criticized over Epstein case 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 ClintonWhy Trump's bigoted tropes won't work in 2020 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm 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. 
 
 
Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntGOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm Top Democrat demands answers on election equipment vulnerabilities Rising number of GOP lawmakers criticize Trump remarks about minority Dems MORE (R-Mo.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and GOP leadership, told reporters on Thursday that he was "neutral" on the question of whether Mueller should testify. 
 
"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 CollinsGOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm GOP senator: 'Outrageous' to say Trump's tweets about Democratic congresswomen are racist Fox personalities blast Trump's remarks 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 CrapoDemocrat Sherrod Brown torches Facebook at hearing: 'They broke journalism, helped incite a genocide' Senate GOP raises concerns about White House stopgap plan to avoid shutdown Democrats leery of Sanders plan to cancel student loan debt 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 GardnerBottom Line Congress mobilizes on cyber threats to electric grid The Hill's Morning Report - 2020 jitters hit both parties in the Senate 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."