Nail in the Coffin: Mueller’s Testimony Solidifies End of Dems’ Disgraceful Impeachment Talk

  • Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be for Democrats who now see the chance to impeach President Trump highly unlikely after Mueller’s appearance before two House committees on Wednesday that yielded little new information and no smoking gun.
  • Democrats were betting on Mueller’s testimony “to paint a vivid picture of a lawless presidential campaign that actively sought help from the Russians for dirt on Hillary Clinton, and an equally lawless president trying to cover up his actions and obstruct justice.”
  • However, Mueller left Democrats frustrated with his refusal to answer questions, often saying “I’m not going to talk about that issue,” or simply referring congress members back to the report.
  • Mueller did make clear that Trump could possibly be indicted once he’s out of office since it’s not the current practice to indict a sitting president.
  • During his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Mueller “confirmed that he would have indicted Trump for obstruction of justice if not for Justice Department guidance that prohibits charging a sitting president.”
  • But, in his second round of testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, Mueller clarified: “What I wanted to clarify is the fact that we did not make any determination with regard to culpability in any way.”
  • Mueller note that “he didn’t decide whether to indict Trump because that wasn’t an option.”
  • On Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has publicly and repeatedly opposed impeachment proceedings said: “My position has always been, whatever decision we made in that regard would have to be with our strongest possible hand, and we still have some matters outstanding in the courts.”
  • Pelosi has insisted “that Democrats needed more information before considering impeachment.”
  • Pelosi added: “If we go down that path, we go in the strongest possible way.”
  • House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler announced “his committee would go to court Thursday to seek access to grand jury material in the Mueller report and to enforce a subpoena against former White House Counsel Don McGahn to try to get him to testify.”
  • Trump’s attorney, Jay Sekulow, said in a statement: “The American people understand that this issue is over. They also understand that the case is closed.”

Reference Links

  • CBS: Pelosi speaks to congressional Democrats after Mueller hearing READ
  • USA TODAY: From impeachment to indictment: 5 repercussions from Robert Mueller’s testimony READ
  • Vox: Behind closed doors, Democrats are no closer to impeachment post-Mueller READ
  • New York Post: Mueller’s testimony equals end of any Trump impeachment talk READ

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