(PresidentialWire.com)- Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have been calling for Robert Mueller to testify about the investigation he did into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and Republican Chairman Lindsey Graham is going to grant that request.
Mueller, who conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of President Donald Trump’s allies Michael Flynn and Roger Stone, wrote a scathing op-ed in the Washington Post on Saturday. That was in response to Trump’s decision to commute Stone’s sentence.
Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison for lying to Congress and obstruction, but he won’t spend a day in prison for his crimes.
In the piece, Mueller wrote:
“Stone was prosecuted and convicted because he committed federal crimes. He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so.
“We made every decision in Stone’s case, as in all our cases, based solely on the facts and the law and in accordance with the rule of the law.”
Graham had said in the past that he was “done with the Mueller report,” but recently said it was “not an unreasonable request” to have Mueller appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Last month, he said:
“I’m not adverse to having somebody from the Mueller team come and tell the committee what they did and how they did it. As a matter of fact, I think that’s a really good idea. I’m not so sure Mr. Mueller would be the best person now.”
In announcing his approval of Mueller appearing before the committee, Graham tweeted:
“Apparently Mr. Mueller is willing — and also capable — of defending the Mueller investigation through an oped in the Washington Post. Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have previously requested Mr. Mueller appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify about his investigation. That request will be granted”
You would think Democrats would have been happy with Graham’s decision, but apparently, they are hard to please. California Representative Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said on CNN:
“I suspect all Lindsey Graham wants to do is continue his counterfactual, that is that Donald Trump was somehow the victim when Donald Trump was the one inviting Russians to help him get elected in the first place.”
The Trump administration has continually downplayed the involvement of Russia in the 2016 presidential election. Trump himself tweeted Saturday that Stone was “targeted by an illegal Witch Hunt that never should have taken place.”
But Mueller rebuked those remarks in his op-ed, saying:
“Russia’s actions were a threat to America’s democracy. It was critical that they be investigated and understood.”
While Mueller’s report didn’t uncover any crimes that the Trump campaign committed in dealing with Russia, Stone was a central figure of the investigation. That eventually led him to be charged and convicted of seven felony crimes, which he was set to serve a prison sentence for.
After remaining silent on the investigation and ensuing comments since, Mueller broke his silence through this op-ed, and may do so even more if he ends up testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee.