Sohn: Robert Mueller, you owe us public testimony

Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the Russia investigation, leaves the Capitol in Washington.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler says special counsel Robert Mueller wants to testify to Congress - but in private.

Mueller is willing to give a public opening statement, but wants his testimony to be a closed-door affair, with transcripts available to the public later.

Sorry, Mr. Mueller. That's not acceptable.

You owe the American people more than that. Especially after you wrote the letter to Attorney General William Barr saying that his summary "did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this Office's work and conclusions."

Nadler, who made this discouraging announcement Thursday on MSNBC's Rachal Maddow show, couldn't exactly explain why Mueller wants a private audience with Congress.

"I don't know. He envisions himself, correctly, as a man of great rectitude. And apolitical. And he doesn't want to participate in anything that he might regard as a political spectacle," Nadler said.