Graham won't call for Mueller to testify: 'It's over'

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamRon Johnson signals some GOP senators concerned about his Obama-era probes Democrats ramp up warnings on Russian election meddling Hillicon Valley: Facebook removed over 22 million posts for hate speech in second quarter | Republicans introduce bill to defend universities against hackers targeting COVID-19 research | Facebook's Sandberg backs Harris as VP pick MORE (R-S.C.) reiterated on Wednesday that he will not ask special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE to testify about the Russia probe.

“I'm not going to do any more. Enough already. It's over,” Graham told reporters, asked why he wasn’t calling Mueller to appear before his committee.

Graham’s comments come after his panel held an hours-long, closely watched hearing with Attorney General William BarrBill BarrHow would a Biden Justice Department be different? Joe Biden played it safe Kamala Harris: The right choice at the right time MORE about Mueller’s findings in the two-year probe on Russia's election interference and the Trump campaign.

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Democrats — including Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSenators ask for removal of tariffs on EU food, wine, spirits: report Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Yates spars with GOP at testy hearing MORE (Calif.), the top member of her party on the committee — are clamoring for Mueller to testify, arguing that Barr has misrepresented the findings of the Russia report.

Several senators have signaled they would be open to Mueller testifying. Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.), a member of Graham’s committee, told reporters earlier Wednesday that he had “no problem” with Mueller testifying, wanting to know why he was “unhappy” with Barr.

Calls for Mueller to testify have also grown after reports emerged over the past 24 hours indicating that Mueller had expressed frustration to Barr about the attorney general's initial handling of the special counsel's report once it was filed in March.

Mueller twice asked Barr to release the special counsel's own summary of his findings from the 448-page report, according to a letter released Wednesday. Barr had initially summarized Mueller's findings in a four-page letter to Congress on March 24.

But top Republicans, including Graham and Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate Democrats say White House isn't budging in coronavirus relief stalemate MORE (Ky.), have indicated they think it's time to move on from Mueller.

"I appreciate very much what Mr. Mueller did for the country. I have read most of the report. For me, it is over," Graham said as part of his opening statement at Wednesday's hearing.