Barr: House Democrats creating 'public spectacle' with Mueller testimony

Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrDemocratic lawmaker calls asylum, refugee programs 'crown jewel' of immigration system Trump says he won't watch Mueller testimony Cummings asks prosecutors about decision not to charge Trump in hush money probe MORE in a new interview blasted House Democrats for seeking to put on a "public spectacle" with former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's scheduled appearance before Congress next week.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE's top law enforcement official told The Associated Press in a new interview Monday that he would support Mueller if the former FBI chief “doesn’t want to subject himself” to testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on July 17. 

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Barr also reportedly told the AP that the Department of Justice (DOJ) would seek to block efforts by House Democrats to subpoena members of Mueller's investigative team, which includes 19 attorneys as well as other personnel.

Mueller, who is under subpoena, has not provided any indication that he plans to bow out of the highly anticipated congressional testimony, which is expected to be one of the largest spectacles on Capitol Hill in recent history.

The committee subpoenaed the reluctant former special counsel to testify after weeks of negotiations and after Mueller publicly stated that he does not wish to testify before Congress.

Mueller has maintained that he will not go beyond the four corners of his report.

House Democrats are eager to press Mueller on the 10 episodes of possible obstruction of justice by Trump as laid out in the report.

The Mueller report says the investigation did not find sufficient evidence to conclude there was coordination between members of the Trump campaign and Russia, but the special counsel did not make a determination either way as to whether the president obstructed justice.

"If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so," Mueller said in late May during his first public remarks about the probe.

Barr, along with then-Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinWhat to expect when Mueller testifies: Not much Trump says he won't watch Mueller testimony Feds will not charge officer who killed Eric Garner MORE and other DOJ officials, ultimately made the decision that the report did not include sufficient evidence to charge the president with a crime — a call House Democrats say is theirs to make.

Trump and his GOP allies celebrated the announcement, touting that the investigation proved there was no collusion and no obstruction. 

Barr's involvement in the determination and his handling of the release of a redacted version of the Mueller report in April made him a target for Democrats, with some accusing him of being a political hack and calling for his resignation.

Republicans, meanwhile, have celebrated Barr. And many are eagerly waiting to grill the former FBI chief on the origins of the Russia probe and allegations of bias against the president among the top brass at the FBI and DOJ.