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 GrahamTrump declassification move unnerves Democrats Climate change is a GOP issue, too New Yorker cover titled 'The Shining' shows Graham, McConnell, Barr polishing Trump's shoes MORE (R-S.C.), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is dismissing calls for special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions Trump: Democrats just want Mueller to testify for a 'do-over' Graham: Mueller investigation a 'political rectal exam' 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 TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address MORE's, is likely to face steep pressure to reverse course and call Mueller before his committee. Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' House Democrats must insist that Robert Mueller testifies publicly Why Mueller may be fighting a public hearing on Capitol Hill 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 Clinton2020 Democrats target federal ban on abortion funding Hillary Clinton slams Trump for spreading 'sexist trash' about Pelosi Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign 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 BurrFive takeaways from Barr's new powers in 'spying' probe The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Trump Jr. slams Republican committee chairman: 'Too weak to stand up to the Democrats' 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." 
 
 
“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 CrapoOn The Money: Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump | Trump to offer B aid package for farmers | House votes to boost retirement savings | Study says new tariffs to double costs for consumers Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump Trump, Senate GOP discuss effort to overhaul legal immigration 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 GardnerSenate Republicans running away from Alabama abortion law Frustrated GOP senators want answers from Trump on Iran Graham: Trump officials not adequately briefing on Iran threat 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."