Gov. of Maryland Larry Hogan (R) — who is a possible 2020 challenger against President Donald Trump — is not “proud” of the president following special counsel’s final report on the 22-month investigation, but he believes Democrats should cut off the talks of impeachment.
The long-awaited final report by Robert Mueller left no conclusion of collusion between Trump’s campaign and the Russian government. However, it caused Democrats to press forward with impeachment talks.
At a Tuesday event in New Hampshire, Hogan told reporters that he found Mueller’s report “disturbing” and said that it doesn’t exonerate Trump, according to The Washington Examiner.
“It certainly did not completely exonerate the president, as he said,” Hogan said. “Just because aides did not follow his orders, that’s the only reason we don’t have obstruction of justice.”
“Maybe there was not collusion with the Russians, which there was a lot of hype about that from the Democrats for a long time so now he gets to say that didn’t happen. But there was some really unsavory stuff in the report that did not make me proud of the president. There’s certainly nothing to crow about and nothing to celebrate at all.”
While several Democrats have called for Trump’s impeachment since the conclusion of Mueller’s investigation, Hogan thinks it’s not the best idea.
“I don’t think they would be productive,” he said. “I don’t think there should be Democratic overreach.”
Governor Larry Hogan on #Mueller report: “It certainly did not completely exonerate the President. There was some very disturbing stuff found.” Hogan went on to say his decision on whether to run for President “wouldn’t be based on that report.” @wjz pic.twitter.com/hanJiKPemm
— Rick Ritter (@RickRitterWJZ) April 23, 2019
There’s been some speculation surrounding if Hogan will run in the 2020 presidential election as a Republican challenger to Trump. As IJR Red previously noted, the governor said he was waiting for the end of Mueller’s investigation as a way to see if Republican voters are ready for their party to have a new candidate.
However, during Tuesday’s speech, Hogan noted that he’s “not going to launch some kind of a suicide mission” in running for president, but isn’t putting off a possible run in the 2020 cycle.
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Gov. @LarryHogan: "I'm not going to launch some kind of a suicide mission — I have a real job real day job that's important to me, for the people of Maryland — unless I thought there was a path to victory." #nhpolitics pic.twitter.com/BzripW4Ppi
— CSPAN (@cspan) April 23, 2019
As for the impeachment discussion, as IJR Red reported, the president clapped back on Sunday tweeting, “How do you impeach a Republican President for a crime that was committed by the Democrats? MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also shot down the idea of impeachment telling fellow Democrats in a letter on Monday, “While our views range from proceeding to investigate the findings of the Mueller report or proceeding directly to impeachment, we all firmly agree that we should proceed down a path of finding the truth.”
“As we proceed to uncover the truth and present additional needed reforms to protect our democracy, we must show the American people we are proceeding free from passion or prejudice, strictly on the presentation of fact,” she added.