Top congressional Democrats left the door open on Sunday to the impeachment of U.S. President Donald Trump, but said they would first need to complete their own investigations into whether he obstructed justice in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. Chris Dignam has more.
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On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said “If proven, some of this would be impeachable,” adding that Democrats would “go where the evidence leads.”
Nadler, who oversees the committee with jurisdiction over impeachment proceedings, issued a subpoena to the Justice Department last week to get the full unredacted Mueller report, and said on Sunday that Congress will “have to hear from” both Attorney General William Barr and Robert Mueller before coming to a conclusion on impeachment.
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“I can foresee that possibly coming.”
House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings on Sunday also left the door open for impeaching the president.
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“The Mueller document has now left us with a road map to go forward. I think he, basically, said to us as a Congress that it’s up to you to take this further with regard to obstruction.”
Some Democrats have already called on the House to begin impeachment proceedings, including representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Maxine Waters, and 2020 presidential candidates Julian Castro and Elizabeth Warren.
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Meanwhile, vulnerable House Democrats facing reelection in 2020 are using caution in how they respond to the Mueller report, mindful of Trump’s continued strength among Republican voters in their swing districts.
Trump on Sunday, in a tweet, said Democrats only want to investigate him and waste time, and said that “will cost the Dems big time in 2020.”
The long-awaited Mueller report built a broad case that Trump had committed obstruction of justice but stopped short of concluding he had committed a crime, although it did not exonerate him.
Mueller noted that Congress has the power to address whether Trump violated the law, and Democrats said it would be a matter of discussion in the coming weeks.