Collins backs having Mueller testify

Collins backs having Mueller testify
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Collins, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said she was "pleased" that 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 told reporters Thursday that he had "no objections" to Mueller appearing before Congress. 
 
“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. 
 
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Democrats are clamoring for Mueller to testify about his two-year probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and the Trump campaign. Two House panels have already issued invitations to the special counsel to appear. 
 
House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi uses Trump to her advantage Fake Pelosi video sparks fears for campaigns Trump goes scorched earth against impeachment talk MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerNo agreement on budget caps in sight ahead of Memorial Day recess Ex-White House photographer roasts Trump: 'This is what a cover up looked like' under Obama Pelosi: Trump 'is engaged in a cover-up' MORE (D-N.Y.) also issued a joint statement earlier Thursday arguing that it's crucial that he testify because of Barr's "partisan handling" of the report and the need to "begin restoring public trust" in the handling of Mueller probe.
 
But Senate Republicans have been mum on calling for Mueller to testify publicly on his findings.
 
Barr is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next month, but 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.), its chairman, told McCatchy on Thursday that he is "not interested" in calling him to testify. 
 
“He’s done his job,” Graham said about Mueller. "I’m not going to retry the case.”