Robert Mueller stood before America and her people today to do something he never wanted to.
Mueller has long been known as a private, soft-spoken prosecutor who prefers his work to speak for him. After months of goading and insults, however, he has finally been forced to take a stand and defend his investigation.
The special counsel made it very clear that Russian meddling in the 2016 election was widespread and systematic, and that it is up to every American to be vigilant on this issue heading into 2020.
From there, Mueller toed the lines he drew in his report, even going so far as to tell Congress that any attempt to coerce him to testify would consist of merely the information contained within the report.
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For some in the democratic party, this was a dog-whistle for impeachment, and House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler heard it loud and clear it seems.
In a statement, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said that Mueller reaffirmed his 448-page report and noted the special counsel did not exonerate Trump of obstruction of justice and that the Constitution “points to Congress to take action to hold the President accountable.”
“Although Department of Justice policy prevented the Special Counsel from bringing criminal charges against the President, the Special Counsel has clearly demonstrated that President Trump is 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,” Nadler said.
His next words were ominous.
“Given that Special Counsel Mueller was unable to pursue criminal charges against the President, 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,” he added.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has long stated that impeachment was not a viable or worthy option for President Trump, likely over concerns that the political ramifications of such an action could backfire spectacularly during the 2020 election.
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