ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) White House adviser Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday reiterated President Donald Trump's position that Special Counsel Robert Mueller should not testify in Congress about the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, after Trump said last Friday it was up to the Justice Department's top official.
"President Trump's position is very clear.
He has said that there is no reason to testify for somebody who has already issued a 448-page report that's public," Conway said at the White House.
"Is Mr. Mueller going to go to Capitol Hill and say ' oh you know what, I forgot - milk, butter, eggs, indictment, crime'.
He is not going to say that.
There is no criminal referral, there is no indictment." On Sunday, Trump said on Twitter that Democrats in Congress were seeking a "redo" of Mueller's report, which declined to conclude whether the president's efforts to impede the investigation constituted obstruction of justice.
"Bob Mueller should not testify.
No redos for the Dems!" Trump tweeted.
Attorney General William Barr, under fire from Democrats for his handling of the report's release, has said he has no problem with Mueller testifying.
On Friday, Trump told reporters it was up to Barr to decide if Mueller should testify.
The Mueller report chronicled Russian efforts to help Trump win election in 2016 but found that Trump and his campaign did not engage in a criminal conspiracy with Moscow.
The Republican president has derided the investigation as a costly "witch hunt" and sought to characterize the report's findings as a victory.
The Democratic-led House of Representatives Judiciary Committee appears closest to arranging for Mueller to testify, possibly as soon as May 15.