Donald Trump is on course for a new clash with Democrats after he called on Robert Mueller not to testify before Congress.
The US president intervened on Twitter, after it was reported that Mr Mueller had "tentatively agreed" to appear before the Democrat-led House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on May 15.
Democrats are keen to hear from Mr Mueller, who carried out a two-year investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.
But Mr Trump accused the Democrats of trying to "redo" the Mueller report which, while clearing his 2016 election campaign of colluding with the Russians, did not exonerate him of obstructing justice.
"Bob Mueller should not testify. No redos for the Dems!" Mr Trump tweeted.
….to testify. Are they looking for a redo because they hated seeing the strong NO COLLUSION conclusion? There was no crime, except on the other side (incredibly not covered in the Report), and NO OBSTRUCTION. Bob Mueller should not testify. No redos for the Dems!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 5, 2019
The president’s intervention is certain to escalate tensions with senior Democrats who are pushing to see a full unredacted version of the Mueller report.
Democrats have opened a new point of attack, focusing on William Barr, the newly-appointed Attorney General, who they accuse of delivering a misleading summary of the Mueller report last month.
Last week Mr Barr refused to appear before the Judiciary Committee, to the fury of Democrats.
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One Democrat, Tennessee congressman, Steve Cohen, mocked Mr Barr placing a ceramic chicken on the Attorney General’s empty chair.
Jerrold Nadler, the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, has accused Mr Barr of failing to do his job.
"He has failed to check the president’s worst instincts. He has not only misrepresented the findings of the special counsel, he has failed to protect the special counsel’s investigation from unfair political attacks," Mr Nadler said.