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

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right GOP senators unveil bill designating Taliban as terrorist organization MORE (R-S.C.) reiterated on Wednesday that he will not ask special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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 BarrMilley moved to limit Trump military strike abilities after Jan. 6, Woodward book claims: report Former US attorney enters race for governor in Pennsylvania Families of 9/11 victims hope for answers about Saudi involvement in attacks 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 FeinsteinWarren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack Democrat rips Justice for not appearing at US gymnastics hearing Former California senator prods Feinstein to consider retirement 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 McConnellCEOs urge Congress to raise debt limit or risk 'avoidable crisis' Capito grills EPA nominee on '#ResistCapitalism' tweet Hassan launches first ad of reelection bid focusing on veterans' issues 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.