Mueller: To Testify or Not to Testify, Trump isn’t Sure ❓

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Robert Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to serve as special counsel for the Department of Justice (DoJ) in May 2017 to investigate into “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump, and any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.” He submitted his report to the DoJ last month. There has been a firestorm around the redacted version of the report that was released by Attorney General William Barr.

To testify?

The House (controlled by Democrats) had openly spoken about inviting Mueller to testify, to address some of the statements made in the released redacted report. Barr said that he “has no objection” to Mueller testifying and last week Trump told reporters in the Oval Office that testimony from Mueller was “up to our attorney general.” However, on Twitter this Sunday, Trump made an about-face Tweeting “Bob Mueller should not testify. No redos for the Dems!”


LEANING RIGHT:

New York Post: Trump attacks Democrats for wanting Mueller to testify

FoxNews: Mueller testimony before House committee tentatively set for May 15, Dem rep says

Few news outlets on the right reported on Mueller testifying and even fewer reported that Trump changed his stance on the issue. For instance, Fox News makes no mention of Trump’s change until mid-way through their article and the NY Post goes further by defending Trump’s position.

LEANING LEFT:

Vanity Fair: For a guy who’s “totally exonerated,” Trump sure is invested in keeping Mueller quiet

Politico: Bernie Sanders hammers Trump for saying Mueller shouldn't testify: 'You are not a dictator'

The left takes a clear stance that (1) Mueller should testify and (2) Trump’s reversal should not go unanswered. The left uses strong language, like calling Trump a “dictator,” to express their views on the matter and to stress how he has changed his stance on several issues, hurting his credibility.


Where's the common ground?

Generally speaking, both sides agree that Mueller has every right to be called to testify before Congress, but they diverge on the justification and rationale for his testimony. Those on the left say they want Mueller to address some of the concerning findings in his report, while many on the right say that the left just isn’t content to let the investigation conclude despite the seemingly favorable result for the President.

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