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Tim Kaine Says Trump is ‘Very Frightened About Mueller Testifying’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), the 2016 Democratic vice presidential nominee, said President Trump is “very worried” about what Special Counsel Bob Mueller will say about him during his potential congressional testimony.

President Trump said last week that Attorney General Bill Barr should decide whether or not Mueller testifies before Congress. On Sunday, Trump tweeted that Mueller should not testify.

“I’m aware that the president is very frightened about Mueller testifying but I hope that he does and I think that he should,” Kaine said on Tuesday. “He [Trump] is very worried about what Mueller will say about him.”

Kaine was asked if he thinks Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee are making the right move by holding Barr in contempt.

“I’m not going to comment on what the House is doing. I was very disappointed in his testimony but I knew I was going to be disappointed by what I knew about him when I voted against him because he had freelanced a memo to try to undercut the Mueller investigation even before he was AG and the wide variance between his four-page summary and the 400-page redacted report that you were able to read showed he was more of a spin guy than the nation’s attorney, so very disappointed in that but I don’t have advice for the House,” Kaine said.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), a member of the Judiciary Committee and a 2020 presidential candidate, said on Tuesday that Mueller should “absolutely” testify.

PJM asked Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, for her response to Trump saying Mueller shouldn’t testify.

“I think we’ve heard from Mr. Mueller. I would hope that colleagues have been listening. The report is out there. I think everyone should read it. We had a very productive hearing with [Attorney] General Barr last week and we appreciate that he came in for us,” she said.