Dem senator: 'Appropriate' for Barr, Mueller to testify publicly about Russia probe

Sen. Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsThe United States broken patent system is getting worse Biden faces scrutiny for his age from other Democrats Democrats press FBI for details on Kavanaugh investigation MORE (D-Del.) said Saturday that it would be "appropriate" for Attorney General William Barr and special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE to testify about Mueller's probe into the 2016 election in the wake of the investigation's conclusion. 

"I do think it would be appropriate. ... Depending on how much we get and how quickly we get it, a hearing with the attorney general and the special counsel would certainly be a way for us to inform the general public about what we did and didn't get and why," Coons told reporters during a conference call. "It would put them on the record publicly."

He added that there would be "a lot of folks with lingering questions and doubts and concerns" about Mueller's findings regarding Russia's election interference and potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. 


"I think it serves the rule of law and our society generally for those doubts to be addressed in a public way," Coons said. 

Mueller handed over his report on the Russia investigation to the Justice Department late Friday, marking the end of the nearly two-year investigation. 

Barr, in a letter to the House and Senate Judiciary committees, said he was reviewing the report and "may be in a position to advise" lawmakers on the "principal conclusions" of Mueller's report by this weekend.

Democrats have called on Barr to release Mueller's report publicly. Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisPoll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona Rising Warren faces uphill climb with black voters Inslee drops out of 2020 presidential race MORE (D-Calif.), a 2020 contender who is also a member of the Judiciary Committee, is also calling on Barr to testify publicly. 

Coons added on Saturday that he expected he would hear from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads Cindy McCain says no one in Republican Party carries 'voice of reason' after husband's death Trump says he'll decide on foreign aid cuts within a week MORE (R-S.C.) or Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinTrump administration urges Congress to reauthorize NSA surveillance program The Hill's Morning Report - More talk on guns; many questions on Epstein's death Juan Williams: We need a backlash against Big Tech MORE (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the panel, as soon as they had "anything of substance" from Barr. 

"We don't know yet … and certainly I don't know yet what may be coming to us from the Mueller investigation through the attorney general," he said.

Coons, ending he call with reporters, added, "Know we're all going to be waiting by our phones today."