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Lindsey Graham Will Ask Robert Mueller to Testify Before Senate Judiciary Committee

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he will call former special counsel Robert Mueller to testify about his investigation into whether President Donald Trumps campaign colluded with Russia, granting a request to Democrats on the panel.

“Apparently Mr. Mueller is willing—and also capable—of defending the Mueller investigation through an oped in the Washington Post,” Graham wrote on Twitter on July 12.

He added that, “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.”

Graham was referring to an opinion piece penned by Mueller in The Washington Post that defended the conviction of political operative Roger Stone. Stones sentence was commuted on July 10 by Trump, prompting top Democrats to raise allegations that hes a threat to national security.

In the opinion article, Mueller asserted again that Stone committed crimes related to messages he had about WikiLeaks and hacked emails that were published during the 2016 election.

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Capitol Hill
Former special counsel Robert Mueller on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 24, 2019. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

“Stone was prosecuted and convicted because he committed federal crimes. He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so,” Mueller wrote. Stone, who has denied any wrongdoing, wasnt charged with a crime of colluding with Moscow.

Its the first time Mueller has made a public comment about the investigation in about a year. Muellers investigation didnt find any evidence of collusion between Trumps campaign and the Kremlin.

“We made every decision in Stones case, as in all our cases, based solely on the facts and the law and in accordance with the rule of law. The women and men who conducted these investigations and prosecutions acted with the highest integrity. Claims to the contrary are false,” Mueller wrote in the article.

Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), were quick to accuse Trump of corruption after the commutation of Stones sentence, which hadnt started before the president acted.

“Its staggering corruption, but I think its important for people also to know that its a threat to our national security,” Pelosi told CNN on July 12.

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Former adviser to President Donald Trump, Roger Stone, leaves the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse after being found guilty of obstructing a congressional investigation into Russias interference in the 2016 election, in Washington on Nov. 15, 2019. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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