Lindsey Graham has granted a request to Robert Mueller to testify before the Senate after the former special counsel wrote an opinion in defense of the Russia investigation.
“Apparently, Mr. Mueller is willing – and able – to defend the Mueller investigation through an operation in the Washington Post,” Graham tweeted.
Democrats on the Senate Committee have previously asked Mr. Mueller to appear before the Senate Committee to testify about his inquiry. That request was granted. ‘
But Democrat Adam Schiff told it CNN“I suspect Lindsey Graham only wants to continue his counterfactual, which is to say that Donald Trump was somehow the victim when Donald Trump was the one who invited Russians to help him get elected.”
On Saturday, following the President’s decision to transpose Roger Stone’s sentence, Mueller said Trump’s ally “ remained a convicted criminal, and with good reason, ” while investigating ties between Russia and Trump’s campaign defended.
Senate Committee Chair Lindsey Graham (right) invited former Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify after writing an opinion defending the investigation in Russia
Stone was found guilty last fall of tampering with witnesses, false statements, and obstructing a congressional investigation into interference in the Russian elections. President Donald Trump on Friday transposed his old ally’s 40-month sentence
It was Mueller’s first public statement about his research since his conference appearance in July last year.
And it represented his toughest defense of the two-year probe whose results have been attacked and even partially undone by the Trump administration, including the President’s extraordinary move Friday evening to grant Stone grace just days before he should go to jail report.
Mueller wrote that while he intended his team’s work to speak for itself, he felt compelled to ‘respond to both broad claims that our investigation was unlawful and our motives were inappropriate, as well as specific allegations that Roger Stone was the victim was from our office.
“The investigation into Russia was of the utmost importance. Stone was prosecuted and convicted of committing federal crimes. He remains a convicted criminal, and rightfully so, “Mueller wrote.
Mueller didn’t specify who made the claims, but it seemed like an obvious reference to Trump, who only mocked the investigation on Saturday as this “ all-out political witch-hunt and the Mueller scam. ”
The mere publication of the opinion was notable for a former FBI director who was extremely tight-eyed during the investigation, refusing to respond to attacks by the president or his allies or to appear in public to explain or justify his work.
Roger Stone was treated horribly. Roger Stone was treated very unfairly, ” Trump told reporters on Saturday. He was one of six former Trump employees or advisers convicted in the investigation into Russia
In his first public statement after the investigation’s conclusion, Mueller said he intended his 448-page report to speak for itself. When he later testified against the MPs, he also made sure that he did not go beyond the report’s findings or offer new evidence.
But that pinched approach created a void for others, including the Ministry of Justice, to put their own stamp on his work.
Even before the report was published, Attorney General William Barr published a four-page summary document that Mueller complained privately that it did not adequately record the seriousness of his team’s findings.
In the months that followed, Barr appointed a U.S. lawyer to investigate the origins of the Russian probe, and the Justice Department decided to dismiss the criminal case against former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn, even though Flynn pleaded guilty. lying to the FBI about contacts with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition period. That request is the subject of an ongoing legal dispute.
The opinion wrote the basis for the prosecution of Stone, with Mueller recounting how Stone had not only tampered with a witness, but also repeatedly lied about his attempts to gain inside information about democratic emails stolen by Russian intelligence agencies and WikiLeaks provided them in the run-up to the elections.
Stone was particularly central to the investigation, Mueller writes, claiming that he had insider information about WikiLeaks’ release of the emails and that he communicated with people known as Russian intelligence officers during the campaign.
Those efforts, including his conversations with Trump’s campaign staff about it, got to the heart of Mueller’s mandate to determine whether anyone was associated with the campaign coordinated with Russia in hacking or disclosing the stolen democratic emails.
Stone was particularly central to the investigation, Mueller writes, claiming he had inside information about WikiLeaks’ release of the emails and communicating with people known as Russian intelligence officers during the campaign.
He also updated members of the Trump campaign about the timing of the WikiLeaks releases, something he denied.
“We have not established that members of the Trump campaign have colluded in its activities with the Russian government,” Mueller wrote.
However, the investigation found that the Russian government believed it would benefit from a Trump presidency and has attempted to ensure that outcome. It also noted that the campaign was expected to benefit from information stolen and released through Russian efforts. ‘
Stone was found guilty last fall of tampering with witnesses, false statements, and obstructing a congressional investigation into interference in the Russian elections.
He was sentenced to 40 months in prison in February and would surrender on Tuesday, until the president converted his sentence.
Roger Stone was treated horribly. Roger Stone was treated very unfairly, ” Trump told reporters on Saturday.
He was one of six former Trump employees or advisers convicted in the investigation into Russia.
In all, the investigation brought charges against 34 individuals, including 25 Russians accused of hacking into democratic email accounts or participating in a secret social media campaign to divide U.S. public opinion before the election.