Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III has finished his investigation. Now, according to House Democrats, he is willing to testify before Congress. There is just one problem, though: Donald Trump’s Department of Justice is allegedly doing all it can to prevent Mueller’s testimony. According to House Democrats, the Justice Department is declining to set a date for Special Counsel Mueller to appear on Capitol Hill.
This comes amidst a number of issues with people surrounding Trump refusing to testify. In fact, House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings has actually floated the idea of holding a former White House official in contempt for not complying with a subpoena.
There is also the issue of Robert Mueller himself wanting his report to be fairly represented to lawmakers and the public. The Daily Beast reports that Mueller sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr that said that the investigation’s results were not properly laid out in the released report.
After the existence of that letter was made public, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, requested that both Mueller and Barr come to testify on the Hill. He said of the conversations regarding Barr’s coming to testify for the House:
“The Attorney General has expressed some reluctance to appear before the House Judiciary Committee this Thursday. These reports make it that much more important for him to appear and answer our questions. The Department of Justice has also been reluctant to confirm a date for Special Counsel Mueller to testify.”
Rep. Nadler had communicated to the Department of Justice upon the completion of the report that Mueller should appear by May 23. However, the Department of Justice has not agreed upon a date. They say that this is because Mueller still serves the Department of Justice.
Despite Barr’s reluctance to comply with House Democrats’ requests, he is supposed to appear before the Senate today and the House on Thursday. In a strategic call among Democrats, The Daily Beast reports that the idea of impeachment has been floated. The Trump Administration’s stonewalling of House investigations is ample reason, as they are resisting any oversight from the Article 1 powers.
It remains to be seen just what happens next on Capitol Hill as this battle between the Democratic Majority in the House of Representatives and the Trump Administration plays out.
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Shannon Barber is a progressive queer feminist and budding political scientist. She is passionate about issues of social justice, including but not limited to racial equality, criminal justice reform, pro-Black politics, and LGBTQ equality. She hopes to change the world, one mind at a time.