U.S. Rep. Glenn “G.T.” Thompson has called the plan to have Special Counsel Robert Mueller testify before the House Judiciary Committee and House Intelligence Committee “a dog and pony show.” 

His colleague, U.S. Rep. John Joyce, has referred to it as the “Mueller Mulligan.”

Their reactions came after news was released that Mueller would appear before the committees on July 17, answering questions – in open session – about his investigation into how Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

Mueller’s document explained how the probe did not establish that President Donald Trump’s campaign coordinated with the Russians. 

He also could not conclude that Trump obstructed the investigation, but the president could not be exonerated, either.

“Russia’s efforts to meddle in the 2016 election were fully examined during a two-year, $25 million investigation consisting of 2,800 subpoenas and 500 witness interviews,” said Joyce, a Blair County Republican, who represents the commonwealth’s 13th Congressional District. 

“The result of that investigation was no collusion and no obstruction by President Trump, and Congress should be moving on.

“Robert Mueller himself stated weeks ago that his testimony will be no different from his written report, which means holding a hearing such as this one is a huge waste of taxpayer time and dollars. In hauling Robert Mueller before Congress, my colleagues across the aisle are proving their top agenda item is trying to damage President Trump at all costs rather than focusing on legislation that will improve the lives of the American people.”

Thompson, R-Centre, from the 15th Congressional District, feels having Mueller testify shows that, in his opinion, Democrats “are more interested in partisan politics than legislating on the most pressing challenges facing the country.”

“I don’t see what my colleagues gain by holding a dog and pony show, when they could be building consensus and addressing the humanitarian crisis at the southern border, a plan to secure our border, pending trade agreements, and our crumbling infrastructure,” Thompson said.

“This is a disservice to the American public, especially when we have so much real work to do.”

Dave Sutor is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at (814) 532-5056. Follow him on Twitter @Dave_Sutor.

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