Collins backs having Mueller testify

Collins backs having Mueller testify
© Stefani Reynolds
 
Collins, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said she was "pleased" that 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 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. 
 
ADVERTISEMENT
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 PelosiHouse Democrat pushes for censuring Trump in closed-door meeting Trump: I don't have a racist bone in my body Ocasio-Cortez responds to fresh criticism from Trump MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerNYT: Don't make Acosta a political martyr Charities say they never received donations touted by Jeffrey Epstein: report Schumer to donate Epstein campaign contributions to groups fighting sexual violence 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 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.), 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.”