WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- After Mueller’s release of the redacted version of his report, Trump posted a tweet on Sunday saying why impeach a Republican President for a crime committed by Democrats.
- Although no evidence was reported in the Mueller report that Trump committed collusion with Russia, it still raised questions as to whether he committed obstruction of justice, thus, the renewed calls for impeachment from Democratic lawmakers.
- However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others argued that instead of pursuing impeachment, outvoting Trump would be the best way to defeat him.
As the dust settles from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian election interference probe, President Trump next took aim at Democrats calling for his impeachment.
Despite opposition from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and others, numerous Democratic Congress leaders explicitly said that the possibility of impeachment was still on the table.
In response, Trump tweeted on Sunday, “How do you impeach a Republican President for a crime that was committed by the Democrats? MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
Following the Thursday release of Mueller’s redacted report, the possibility of impeachment gained new urgency. Despite the conclusion in the special counsel’s report that no conspiracy occurred between the Trump campaign and Russia, it also raised questions whether the president committed obstruction of justice due to the information where he sought ways to possibly interfere with the examination.
Due to the open-ended nature of that section of the report where Mueller himself refused to draw his own conclusions, it has resulted to congressional Democrats again pushing to delve into whether Trump should be impeached.
House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told ABC’s “This Week” that although impeachment will possibly be unsuccessful, he also added that “we may undertake an impeachment nonetheless.”
Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), chairmen of House Oversight and Reform Committee and House Judiciary Committee, respectively, also insisted that Democrats continue to look into the issue.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), one of the most influential progressive lawmakers at the Capitol declared that she would sign Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s (D-Mich.) resolution that examines the issue of impeachment, shortly after the report was released. She was followed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who was the first 2020 presidential contender to specifically call for the House on Saturday to initiate impeachment proceedings.
All these renewed calls can possibly cause conflict with Democratic leaders like Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who argued that talks of impeachment would be too divisive as the presidential election approaches.
Pelosi has repeatedly echoed arguments made by others including former FBI Director James Comey that calling for Trump’s impeachment “is not worth it”, and voting the president out of office is the best way to defeat him.
A similar view was also endorsed by 2020 hopeful Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) who told CNN on Sunday to let the American people see first what’s going on and let the process play itself out before pursuing impeachment.
Source: The HILL