Mueller is happy to testify for Congress — but the Trump administration is running interference: Democrats
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is prepared to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, Democrats told the Daily Beast Tuesday, but the Justice Department has so far been "reluctant" to schedule a date for him to testify.
The Daily Beast's report came out Tuesday night, shortly after the Washington Post broke the story that Mueller had sent a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr criticizing his portrayal of the Russia investigation's conclusion prior to the final report's release. This report will surely make it more urgent for Democrats that Mueller testifies.
Barr, who is scheduled to testify before the Senate on Wednesday and the House of Representatives of Thursday, has also shown increasing reluctance to cooperate with Democratic investigators. In response to a plan from House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler to allow staff counsel to question Barr during one part of the testimony, as opposed to switching between different lawmakers at five minute intervals, the attorney general threatened to refuse to testify. It appears that he is nervous about how his testimony will hold up to sustained, rigorous scrutiny.
Mueller continues to technically occupy the role of the special counsel, which means he still works for Barr.
"But the DOJ has, according to multiple sources, not agreed to a date, citing Mueller’s continued status as a department employee—since the Special Counsel serves under the attorney general," the Daily Beast wrote.
Once Mueller is no longer special counsel, however, the department will have much less power to prevent him from testifying.