Joni Ernst says she doesn’t think it’s ‘necessary’ for Mueller to testify

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Ernst, who is up for re-election in 2020, told CNN she expected the GOP-led committee to focus on confirming federal judges rather than the details of the special counsel’s probe, which didn’t charge Trump with a crime but investigated 11 episodes where he sought to undercut the Russia investigation.
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While she said there’s a “potential” for hearings, the Iowa Republican added: “But really the House seems all over this, I know that we will continue to work on judges as a primary concern in (Senate) Judiciary.”

“I don’t know that that’s necessary, we have the report so we can go from there,” Ernst said of Mueller testifying, adding that she wanted to focus on efforts to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act instead.

Ernst’s response showcases the deep divide between Senate Republicans — who are eager to move on — and House Democrats, who want to further probe all elements of the two-year investigation.

Asked if she was alarmed by Trump’s behavior as outlined in the report, Ernst said: “I think we all know who the President is, he has a brash demeanor, that’s about all I can say.”



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