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House Judiciary Committee proposes May 15 date for Mueller testimony on Russia investigation

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Editor's note:  This story has been corrected to clarify that Rep. David Cicilline and the House Judiciary Committee has proposed the May 15 date for Robert Mueller to testify, but it has not been agreed to. 

House Judiciary Committee member Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., says the committee has proposed to bring in Robert Mueller to testify on May 15.

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The Washington Post reported that Cicilline spoke to Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday" and said the panel and Mueller's representative tentatively agreed Mueller will testify on May 15, but Cicilline tweeted a clarification, saying it has not been agreed to yet.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller walks after attending church on March 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Mueller has reportedly agreed to testify on the Russia investigation on May 15.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller walks after attending church on March 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Mueller has reportedly agreed to testify on the Russia investigation on May 15.

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“Just to clarify: we are aiming to bring Mueller in on the 15th, but nothing has been agreed to yet,” he wrote. “That’s the date the Committee has proposed, and we hope the Special Counsel will agree to it. Sorry for the confusion.”

The testimony, if it occurs on that date, will be two weeks after U.S. Attorney General William Barr testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the release of the report from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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The report said Mueller’s investigation concluded that there was no collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia in the 2016 election.

The committee has been looking to hear from Mueller as there are disagreements about Barr’s characterization of the report in his testimony last week.

Hours after Cicilline's clarification, President Donald Trump weighed in on Twitter, contradicting Barr by saying that Mueller should not testify.

"After spending more than $35,000,000 over a two year period, interviewing 500 people, using 18 Trump Hating Angry Democrats & 49 FBI Agents - all culminating in a more than 400 page Report showing NO COLLUSION - why would the Democrats in Congress now need Robert Mueller to testify," Trump said in a Twitter thread. "Are they looking for a redo because they hated seeing the strong NO COLLUSION conclusion? There was no crime, except on the other side (incredibly not covered in the Report), and NO OBSTRUCTION. Bob Mueller should not testify. No redos for the Dems!"

On Friday, when asked at The White House if Mueller should testify, Trump said, "That's up to our attorney general, who I think has done a fantastic job."

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that "The Mueller Report" sold more than 40,000 copies  the week prior, according to NPD BookScan.