The Trump extravaganza of issues keeps expanding exponentially, but short of a noteworthy military conflict, I’m still most concerned if and when Special Counsel Robert Mueller will testify to Congress. I’ve heard May 15 bandied about for a testimony date, but nothing from Mueller about that.
At the moment, my sense is Trump is winning the message game, asserting that the report’s lack of indictments clear the president. From what I’ve gleaned from many who have read the report, the actual picture is much less flattering. Even incriminating if you believe over 700 federal prosecutors who have signed a joint letter to that effect.
But we need Mueller to testify in order to substantiate that, as well as showing Attorney General Barr has misinterpreted the findings to the public. Which in turn has allowed Republicans to parrot it’s a done deal. Let’s move on.
Linked here is a story from CBS news that delve’s into the question of whether Trump can stop Mueller from testifying once he leaves office (no public date set yet).
I would say the basic conclusion is that while Trump might be able to limit Mueller’s comments to only what he said in the report on the basis of executive privilege, even that argument might not prevail. In any case, it looks like it comes down to Mueller’s willingness to testify and I can only hope he wants to set the record straight enough to overcome his preference to remain out of the public eye.