Democrats have ramped up calls for Mueller to testify to Congress in the wake of Attorney General William Barr's testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 1 about his interactions with the special counsel's office regarding the release of the Russian Federation report.
Representative Jerrold Nadler, the House Judiciary Committee chairman, has given Barr a Monday deadline to comply with a subpoena demanding an unredacted version of Mueller's report, along with its underlying evidence, or face a contempt charge.
In a bombshell dropped at the end of an interview on "Fox News Sunday", Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., declared "We think the American people have a right to hear directly from him".
Trump's weekend statements on Mueller's testimony earned a sharp rebuke from House Democrats.
Robert Mueller is tentatively set to testify before Congress on May 15. "But, obviously, until the date comes, we never have an absolute guarantee".
"The White House has so far indicated they would not interfere with Mr. Mueller's attempt to testify", Cicilline said during his Fox appearance - before Trump's tweets opposing Mueller's testimony.
Trump wondered if Democrats were "looking for a redo because they hated seeing the strong NO COLLUSION conclusion". Although Democrats have initiated more than 60 individual investigations into the Trump White House, the Trump campaign, and Trump businesses, their primary focus appears to be on the President's campaign team.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, who initially said he wouldn't invite Mueller to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee that he chairs, appeared to change his mind last Friday. In a later tweet, the lawmaker clarified that the committee had proposed the date "but nothing has been agreed to yet". Now, in his new tweet, he makes it clear that he actually doesn't want Mueller to testify. "They will testify. The American people deserve the truth".
Mueller was special counsel in the investigation of Russian involvement in the 2016 election. Instead, according to Barr, Mueller expressed concerns about how the press was reporting on the letter. Democrats on the committee accused Barr of minimizing actions described in the report that Mueller said could be counted as obstruction.