Top Democrats Leave Option of Impeaching Trump Open after Mueller Report

Al Drago/Reuters

Top congressional Democrats left the door open on Sunday to pursue 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.

Democratic Party leaders have played down impeachment talk ahead of the 2020 presidential election, although prominent members of the party’s progressive wing, including White House candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren, have called for the start of proceedings since the release of Mueller’s report on Thursday.

U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said Democrats would press ahead on multiple investigations of Trump in Congress and would “go where the evidence leads.”

“Obstruction of justice, if proven, would be impeachable,” Nadler said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

A redacted version of Mueller’s long-awaited report, the product of a 22-month investigation, 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.

“That’s going to be a very consequential decision and one I’m going to reserve judgment on until we have a chance to fully deliberate on it,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said on “Fox News Sunday.”

(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch and Yasmeen Abutaleb; Additional reporting by John Whitesides and Tim Ahmann; Writing by John Whitesides; Editing by Bill Berkrot)

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Blivett
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Just imagine what nearly $25 million could have done for this country. More border security, repay social security and of course there is prosecute Hillary, Obama, Comey and the list goes on. Good thing President Trump has plans to “make America great again” while the Democrats seeth and wail.

Pat Warnock
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That’s because the report came before 2020 and not after like the mid-terms

Chrissy
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Please let it be known that the Democrats have done nothing for 2 years but investigate, castigate, and hate on our sitting president. Nothing! People are tired of it. Give us some ideas of what a Democrat president in 2020 has to offer. Bashing President Trump isn’t going to win it for you. Two more years of whining isn’t going to impress me. Where’s your candidate that has better plans for America – none of the 19 currently running have anything but Trump bashing still. America is watching.

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