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

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerPelosi, Schumer slam Trump executive orders, call for GOP to come back to negotiating table Sunday shows preview: White House, congressional Democrats unable to breach stalemate over coronavirus relief Postal Service says it lost .2 billion over three-month period MORE (D-N.Y.) on Saturday ramped up pressure on Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSeveral GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Graham says he appreciates Trump orders, but 'would much prefer a congressional agreement' Sunday shows preview: White House, congressional Democrats unable to breach stalemate over coronavirus relief MORE (R-S.C.) to call on 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 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 BarrBill BarrGOP lawmaker calls for Justice Dept. to probe international court Barr pulls over to thank pro-police rally in Virginia Trump: Yates either lying or grossly incompetent 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.