House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler appeared on “Fox News Sunday” and admitted that former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference into the 2016 election presents “very substantial evidence” that President Trump is “guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors”, which is grounds for impeachment.
Nadler heads up the committee that would actually lead and oversee impeachment hearing if that process were to become a reality. On Sunday he spoke to Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace and said, “We have to… let Mueller present those facts to the American people, and then see where we go from there, because the administration must be held accountable.”
“We have to … let Mueller present those facts to the American people, and then see where we go from there, because the administration must be held accountable.”-House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler
House Dems subpoenaed Mueller and he is now set to testify in front of Congress on July 24. While many Democrats support pursuing the impeachment of President Trump, it remains a hugely divisive subject. The Mueller testimony, which will be a highly publicized event, could unify the party in its decision to move forward with impeachment or not. Thus far, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Nadler have both been in agreement in their hesitation to proceed with impeachment inquiries but Nadler has been pushing the issue with Pelosi in hopes that she might get on board.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff pointed out Sunday on “Face The Nation” that the enormous Mueller report- 448 pages, to be exact– contains “a pretty damning set of facts” and that most Americans have only heard bits and pieces of it. He said, “Who better to bring them to life than the man who did the investigation himself… We want the people to hear it directly from him.”
Mueller spoke only once about the investigation in a surprise public statement in May, where he said he could not completely clear Trump of obstruction of justice. He was clear and careful in his statement, saying, “If we had had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.”
While Mueller’s investigation could neither confirm or fully deny Trump’s involvement in illegal actions, it DID conclude that members of Trump’s campaign definitely knew they would benefit from Russian interference into the election.
Mueller explained the investigation during his statement and was clear in pointing out that Congress is the key to any future obstruction of justice investigation. He gave a clear message that Congress could carry on the investigation because the “Constitution requires a process other than” the criminal justice system to hold officeholders accountable.