Hillary Clinton: Mueller report is beginning, not the end

Saul Bowman
April 25, 2019

On Tuesday, the White House said Trump's administration plans to fight a subpoena issued by the House Judiciary Committee for former White House counsel Donald McGahn by asserting executive privilege over his testimony.

Representative Elijah Cummings, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, said Trump and Attorney General William Barr were now openly ordering federal employees to ignore congressional subpoenas, even without any assertion of legal privilege.

But the Democrats, while debating whether to proceed down a path toward impeachment, have ratcheted up their own probes. And Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has stonewalled the House Ways and Means Committee's demands for six years of tax returns from Trump and several of his businesses, claiming the request brings up constitutional and privacy issues that must be addressed by the Justice Department.

That could be hard - the United States constitution, and the court itself, have made clear that it has no role in impeachment proceedings, which represent the legislature's power to check wrongdoing by the president.

After a almost two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, Mueller said he did not find sufficient evidence to bring charges of criminal conspiracy with Russia against Trump or anyone associated with his campaign.

'We can investigate Trump without drafting articles, ' she said, according to a source on the call with Democrats.

"Is the best thing for the country to take up an impeachment proceeding because to do otherwise sends the message that this conduct is somehow compatible with office?"

"We're fighting all the subpoenas", Trump told reporters at the White House on Wednesday.

When Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen left the Trump Administration earlier this month, she was one of the many officials who had grown increasingly frustrated with President Donald Trump-and one of the reasons had to do with cybersecurity. Still, impeachment is on the table, as the Left simply can not get over the fact that Trump won the 2016 election. Over 400 pages he detailed alleged Russian government efforts to upend the election not only through false social media representations, but through the theft and publication of Democratic Party communications, and attempts to recruit figures in the Trump campaign, among other acts. Trump defiantly proclaimed on Twitter that the investigation "didn't lay a glove on me".

Trump apparently believes that his political standing has been strengthened following the release of the Mueller report, said analyst John Fortier of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington.

"The Special Counsel's report, even in redacted form, outlines substantial evidence that President Trump engaged in obstruction and other abuses", Mr Nadler said in a statement. But when it comes to the idea of trying to impeach the president and remove him from office, Democrats, it seems, are sharply divided.

In her remarks Tuesday, Clinton echoed House speaker Nancy Pelosi's view of the matter, saying impeachment should "be something undertaken in a really serious, diligent way, based on evidence", and adding that Pelosi is "right to be cautious" about it. "And the tool that we are given for that accountability is the impeachment process".

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