Democrats leave impeachment on the table
Top Dem: 'Certainly a possibility' that Congress will call Barr, Mueller to testify publicly
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.) said Sunday that it is "certainly a possibility" that Congress will call Attorney General William Barr and Robert Mueller to testify publicly following the delivery of the special counsel's final report to Barr.
"I think that is certainly a possibility," Jeffries, a member of the Judiciary panel, said during an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation" after host Margaret Brennan asked whether the public should expect Barr and Mueller "to face questioning in front of your committee, in front of the television cameras."
Mueller, who was investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, submitted his final report Friday to Barr.
Jeffries added Sunday that Mueller's report should first be released in full.
"Let's take the first step in terms of the full disclosure of the report and the underlying documentation. The American people deserve to know whether Donald Trump is either (A) a legitimate president, (B) a Russian asset, (C) the functional equivalent of an organized crime boss, or (D) just a useful idiot who happens to have been victimized by the greatest collection of coincidences in the history of the republic," Jeffries said.
Other Democrats have previously called for Barr and Mueller to testify in front of Congress.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who is running for president, said in a statement last week that "we need total transparency," including testimony from Barr.
"A declassified report must be made public immediately and Attorney General Barr must publicly testify under oath about the investigation and its findings, and provide all underlying materials to the appropriate Congressional committees," Harris said.