Attorney General William Barr told reporters today that according to him, the Democrats called Mueller to testify in order to “create some kind of public spectacle.” He also added that the DOJ will support Mueller if he decides not to testify.
“I was disappointed to see him subpoenaed. I don’t think that serves any purpose, dragging Bob Mueller up, if he, in fact, is going to stick to the report,” Barr told reporters in South Carolina on Monday. “It seems to me the only reason for doing that is to create some kind of public spectacle. And if Bob decides that he doesn’t want to be subject to that, then Department of Justice would certainly back him.”
Just last month Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff announced that Mueller would comply with the subpoenas issued by the House Judiciary and House Intelligence Committees and would testify publicly before both on July 17.
Interestingly enough, by agreeing to testify, Mueller actually contradicted himself. Back in May, he said he would decline to discuss anything further than what is detailed in his 448-page report.
“I hope and expect this to be the only time I will speak to you in this manner,” Mueller said on May 29. “I am making that decision myself. No one has told me whether I can or should testify or speak further about this matter.”
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