Democrats subpoena Mueller report amid calls for impeachment

Brunilde Fioravanti
Aprile 21, 2019

As the lead up to the 2016 election demonstrated, polls are not always conclusive, but the data offered a glimpse into how the Trump administration is weathering the controversy surrounding the Thursday release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's redacted report on his almost two-year investigation into Russian election meddling and allegations that Trump obstructed justice.

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Representative Jerrold Nadler, has issued a subpoena for special counsel Robert Mueller's full report as Democrats intensified their investigation of President Donald Trump, but leaders stopped short of liberal demands for impeachment proceedings.

Mueller's report provides fresh evidence of Trump's interference in the Russian Federation investigation and challenges lawmakers to respond.

"If the conclusion remains that there is no further criminal wrongdoing, I think we should, as a country, move on and ensure that Russian Federation can not interfere again", said Ben McAdams, a freshman Utah Democrat in a Republican-leaning district.

President Donald Trump pauses during a campaign event September 6, 2016 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. However, it also contained a number of embarrassing details for the White House that were considered as part of the obstruction inquiry - particularly Trump's efforts to curb or influence the probe.

In early morning tweets, Trump called it "the Crazy Mueller Report" written by "Haters" and filled with statements that "are fabricated & totally untrue".

"The conclusion that Congress may apply obstruction laws to the President's corrupt exercise of the powers of office accords with our constitutional system of checks and balances and the principle that no person is above the law", the report said.

Pelosi will convene House Democrats for a conference call Monday, after the holiday weekend when many lawmakers are celebrating Easter and Passover.

Mueller put the next step in the hands of Congress: "Congress has authority to prohibit a President's corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice".

Mueller also found Trump's campaign was eager to obtain "the dirt" Russians claimed to have had on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, although the report found no conclusive evidence of the Trump campaign conspiring with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign. At the same time, some liberal members of the caucus, including Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez of NY, expressed support for starting an impeachment inquiry. The attorney general has come under intense scrutiny over his handling of the Mueller report and subsequent comments that have left him exposed to criticism he is acting in Trump's interest.

"Let's get the show on the road", Steyer said in an interview Friday. "Well, it depends on what we see in the report". They said it was inadequate. Of those who said "yes", 68 percent indicated they were now "more likely to believe that President Trump or someone close to him broke the law".

With a majority in the House, the Democrats could impeach Trump on a party-line vote on whatever articles they hypothetically brought forward.

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