GOP senator: 'No problem' with Mueller testifying

GOP senator: 'No problem' with Mueller testifying
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Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonAlarm sounds over census cybersecurity concerns Ex-Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker takes job as president of conservative group, won't seek office soon Democratic Senate hopes hinge on Trump tide MORE (R-Wis.) says he has "no problem" with 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 testifying about his probe into the 2016 presidential election, underscoring the different points of view within the Senate GOP caucus.

"I thought it was interesting the attorney general said he had no problem with that. I would have no problem with that," Johnson told Wisconsin radio station WTMJ on Thursday, asked about Mueller testifying. 

He added that he would "be happy to listen to his testimony." 


Democrats are clamoring for Mueller to testify publicly about his two-year investigation into Russian election interference and the Trump campaign, as well as how he made his decisions on collusion and obstruction of justice. 

Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrImmigration advocacy groups sue Trump administration over asylum restrictions Webb: Questions for Robert Mueller Groups sue Trump admin over new asylum restrictions MORE said during his press conference on Thursday that he would have "no problem" with Mueller testifying before Congress. 

Two House panels, the Judiciary and the Intelligence committees, have already summoned Mueller to appear publicly. Though Barr is scheduled to testify next month, no Senate committees have yet signaled they will call for Mueller to also appear. 

Johnson's comments are the latest sign of division among Republicans about whether the former FBI director should be brought before the Senate. 

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in ahead of House vote to condemn tweet Why Trump's bigoted tropes won't work in 2020 The Memo: Toxic 2020 is unavoidable conclusion from Trump tweets MORE (R-S.C.), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told McClatchy that he was "not interested" in calling Mueller to testify before his panel. 

“He’s done his job,” Graham said about Mueller. "I’m not going to retry the case.”

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrTop North Carolina newspapers editorial board to GOP: 'Are you OK with a racist president?' Hillicon Valley: Senate bill would force companies to disclose value of user data | Waters to hold hearing on Facebook cryptocurrency | GOP divided on election security bills | US tracking Russian, Iranian social media campaigns GOP senators divided over approach to election security MORE (R-N.C.) hasn't commented on having Mueller testify since the report was released on Thursday. 

But when asked about calling Mueller during a speech at Duke University earlier this month, Burr said that "we will probably not be calling individuals, it's probably the jurisdiction of the Judiciary Committee."

Two members of Burr's panel have taken different points of view on if Mueller should be called to testify. 

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTrump angry more Republicans haven't defended his tweets: report Republicans scramble to contain Trump fallout The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in ahead of House vote to condemn tweet MORE (R-Maine), a member of the Intelligence Committee, said in a statement that she was "pleased" Barr wouldn't object to Mueller testifying. 

"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. 

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 GOP leadership and of the Intelligence panel, described himself as "neutral" on Mueller testifying.

"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 told reporters on Thursday.