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Sen. Mitt Romney says he'd like to hear Robert Mueller testify before Congress

By Dennis Romboy, KSL | Posted - May 3rd, 2019 @ 8:01am


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SALT LAKE CITY — Sen. Mitt Romney would welcome special counsel Robert Mueller testifying before Congress, though most Republicans appear ready to move on from the investigation that resulted in no charges against President Donald Trump.

"I’d like to hear from Mr. Mueller, I think a lot of people would like to hear his perspective on the report he put out and the conclusions he reached," the Utah Republican told reporters Thursday.

When asked about a possible congressional hearing, Romney said, "I don’t know what the right process is for us to be able to hear from him, but I think a lot of us would like to hear his take."

House and Senate Democratic leaders have for weeks wanted Mueller to testify.

ABC News and NBC News reported that the House Judiciary Committee is talking with Mueller's team about whether he will testify. A date has not been set, according to NBC.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham made it clear Thursday that he would not call Mueller.

"I'm not going to do any more. Enough already. It's over," the South Carolina Republican told reporters.

Mueller has criticized how Attorney General William Barr, who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, initially characterized his report, a redacted version of which was released publicly last month. He wrote a letter to Barr saying his four-page summary “did not fully capture the context, nature and substance of this office’s work and conclusions.”

Romney issued the sharpest rebuke of Trump among Republicans after reading the redacted Mueller report. He called the president's conduct detailed in the report a "sobering revelation" that "sickened" him.

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"I am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the president," the 2012 GOP presidential nominee said.

Romney also said he was "appalled" that Trump campaign workers welcomed help from Russia — including information that had been illegally obtained — and that none of them informed American law enforcement.

Mueller found no collusion between Trump and the Russians, and though he uncovered substantial evidence of obstruction, his report didn't say whether the president should be prosecuted.

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