Schumer: Graham 'has an obligation' to ask Mueller to testify

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' Mattis responds to Trump criticism: 'I guess I'm the Meryl Streep of generals' Democrats vow to push for repeal of other Trump rules after loss on power plant rollback MORE (D-N.Y.) on Saturday ramped up pressure on Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamPelosi, Schumer hit 'flailing' Trump over 'sham ceasefire' deal Pompeo to meet Netanyahu as US alliances questioned Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe MORE (R-S.C.) to call on special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network MORE to testify before the Senate.

"I will keep pushing Chairman Graham because he has an obligation to ask Mueller to come testify before the Judiciary Committee at a public hearing without constraints," Schumer tweeted.

Graham, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, pushed back this week on calls from Democrats to have Mueller appear before the Senate panel.


But on Friday, the GOP chairman invited Mueller to testify about his phone call with Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrMulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe Mulvaney ties withheld Ukraine aid to political probe sought by Trump Matthew Shepard's parents blast Barr's LGBTQ record in anniversary of hate crime law MORE in which the two discussed Barr’s summary of the findings of Mueller’s probe into Russia's election meddling and possible obstruction of justice. 

Graham wrote in a letter to Mueller that it would be an opportunity to testify about "any misrepresentation" of the call after Barr discussed it during an appearance in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee this week. 

"Please inform the Committee if you would like to provide testimony regarding any misrepresentation by the Attorney General of the substance of that phone call," Graham said in the letter to Mueller

Barr this week recounted a conversation he had with Mueller in late March after the attorney general sent a four-page letter to Congress summarizing the special counsel’s findings. 

"The summary letter … did not fully capture the context, nature and substance of this office's work and conclusions," Mueller wrote in a letter to Barr on March 27.

However, Barr maintained that Mueller’s gripes were with the media coverage surrounding the summary, not the attorney general's letter itself.

"He was very clear with me that he was not suggesting that we had misrepresented his report," Barr told lawmakers. 

Democrats have latched on to Mueller’s letter to Barr, saying it is evidence the attorney general misrepresented the special counsel’s conclusions as a way to defend the president.