House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler has been doing everything he can think of to try to investigate possible wrongdoings in the Trump administration — short of initiating impeachment proceedings.
So it should come as no surprise that after Robert Mueller spoke to the press on Wednesday, Nadler didn’t seem entirely convinced that this matter is over.
In a statement, Nadler said, “Mueller reaffirmed his report, which found substantial evidence that Russia attacked our political system and that the President sought to obstruct Mueller’s investigation over and over again.”
The Judiciary Chairman continued, “He also confirmed three central points: he did not exonerate the President of the United States of obstruction of justice, obstruction of justice is a serious crime that strikes at the core of our justice system, and the Constitution points to Congress to take action to hold the President accountable.”
Nadler also accused Trump of “lying about the Special Counsel’s findings, lying about the testimony of key witnesses in the Special Counsel’s report, and is lying in saying that the Special Counsel found no obstruction and no collusion.” He closed by saying that “it falls to Congress to respond to the crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump – and we will do so.”
“No one, not even the President of the United States, is above the law.”
In a press conference, Nadler said: “With respect to impeachment questions at this point, all options are on the table and nothing should be ruled out.”
"All options are on the table and nothing should be ruled out," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler says when asked if Congress will move forward with impeachment proceedings following Mueller's statement https://t.co/9Z8BtLGNzK pic.twitter.com/9lRx73WDq7
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 29, 2019
President Trump and the White House tried to spin Mueller’s appearance on Wednesday as the final nail in the coffin. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement saying “the report was clear — there was no collusion, no conspiracy.”
White House Statement on Mueller statement today: pic.twitter.com/f5TXzf3Qpd
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) May 29, 2019
Though the White House urged people to “move on,” it seems like that’s pretty unlikely. Democrats lined up to call for impeachment. Sen. Cory Booker wrote, “Robert Mueller’s statement makes it clear: Congress has a legal and moral obligation to begin impeachment proceedings immediately.” Kamala Harris tweeted “We need to start impeachment proceedings. It’s our constitutional obligation.”