Nancy Pelosi was not convinced that Robert Müller’s statement on Wednesday would initiate an impeachment procedure against President Donald Trump, but did not rule it out entirely and said whether the party would end up where we need to.
My position has always been: whatever decision we make in this regard, we must be made with our strongest hands, and we still have some open questions in court,” she said at a press conference at Capitol.
But she did not close the door entirely on this matter after meeting with her democratic legislators. The group huddled behind closed doors after Mueller had testified for nearly five hours on Capitol Hill.
If we have a case for impeachment, we have to go there,” she added.
Her statement came after Democrats succeeded in getting special council Robert Müller to testify publicly before Congress – a move they spin as success, even if some called his performance an accident.
But the stronger our case, the worse the Senate will try to let the president off the hook,” the spokesman argued.
The House starts with a impeachment procedure, but the process takes place in the Senate. The Republican-controlled Senate is unlikely to vote in favor of sentencing the president.
Pelosi said the situation was not “endless” in time.
This is not endless in terms of the time or the information we want. But when it comes to a point where the cone of silence and the obstruction of justice and the White House cover-up prevent us from getting this information, it won’t stop us from going on. In fact, it is even more reason to continue,” she added.
Democrats have plans in the works this week to move forward in their investigations of the president’s taxes, his business, his administration and his 2016 campaign.
On Thursday, the House Oversight Panel was to vote on whether or not the White House adviser Kellyanne Conway should be despised after resisting the committee’s summons to speak out about allegations she made against the Hatch Act.
But they postponed the vote on Thursday evening.
I am postponing the vote in committee as I am working with the White House to find a solution. Mrs Conway has violated the law several times and must be held accountable,” Chairman Elijah Cummings said in a statement.
And Justice Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, who advocates starting the impeachment proceedings against the president and led the first round of Mueller’s interrogation, said he is going after former White House advisor Don McGahn, who was a key witness in Mueller’s report.
McGahn refused a congressional summons to appear before Nadler’s panel at the White House’s request.
The next step, either tomorrow or Friday, is that we go to court to ask for the Grand Jury’s material and enforce the subpoena against Mr. McGahn. And that’s especially important because the excuses – I won’t give them reasons – the excuses the White House gives for McGahn not to testify, and the nonsense about absolute immunity etc. are the same excuses for all other fact witnesses, and if we break that, we break the law,” said the New York Democrat Wednesday on the Capitol.
Nadler also said Trump was saved from prosecution only by a legal incident.
Only the legal counselor’s opinion that you can’t charge a sitting president saves the president from prosecution. Because all elements of these crimes were found with substantial evidence, and people have now heard that, the president’s unimpeded singing is nonsense, his singing that he was fully exonerated is a simple lie,” he said.
Mueller made it clear that the president will not be exonerated,” Nadler said.
The Justice Department’s legal counsel’s office has decided that a sitting president cannot be charged.
Mueller himself said Wednesday at the hearing that Trump is vulnerable to prosecution after leaving office.
Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who led the second round of questioning against Müller, said he wanted to be sure that Democrats could win a public opinion court indictment given the low benefits of the Republican-controlled Senate convicting the president.
There are two juries on one charge. There’s the jury, which is the Senate, which decides the distance from office, and then there’s the jury, which is the American people,” Schiff said at a press conference at the Capitol after Müller wrapped his testimony.
And I am very concerned about the jury that is the American people. And before we take a course as important to the country as the impeachment of a president, I want to make sure that we can pass this case on to the jury of the American people,” he said.
Trump, meanwhile, trashed Müller’s performance during the high-profile testimony in Congress, saying that the former special adviser had done a “terrible job”.