Lindsey Graham plans to invite Robert Mueller to testify on Russian investigation

Lindsey Graham plans to invite Robert Mueller to testify on Russian investigation

The Republican chairman of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee says he will accede to Democrats' request to call former special counsel Robert Mueller to testify, after he led a probe into allegations of collusion between United States President Donald Trump and Russian officials in the 2016 USA presidential election.

He added, "Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have previously requested Mr. Mueller appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify about his investigation".

"Apparently Mr Mueller is willing and also capable of defending the Mueller investigation", Mr Graham, who is up for re-election this year, tweeted on Sunday.

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary panel wrote to Graham in May 2019 asking for Mueller to testify on his report, saying there were "at least 60 unanswered questions" they hoped the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director could address.

Mr Graham, once sharply critical of Donald Trump, is now considered a close confidant of the president. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the commutation a case of "staggering corruption".

The clemency grant document answers some of the questions lingering over Trump's move to shield Stone from prison time - a move that was announced Friday evening, after Stone had lost court battles to get plans for his surrender to prison this Tuesday delayed.

The comments were a rarity since Mueller was tapped to oversee the Russian Federation probe in 2017, and departed as special counsel in 2019 once the investigation was complete.

Trump commuted Stone's sentence on 10 July, arguing that the man was convicted for his actions during the investigation into the Russiagate "hoax", despite the fact that Robert Mueller's team failed to gather any evidence proving that he and the rest of the campaign had colluded with the Kremlin. But Mueller said it did establish that Moscow had intervened in efforts to boost Trump's election chances, and he pointedly said it did not exonerate Trump of obstruction of justice. Mueller wrote in his op-ed that Stone is still a convicted felon and "rightly so".

"The Russia investigation was of paramount importance", Mueller wrote.