Bernie Sanders takes a step closer to calling for impeachment after Mueller’s comments today.
“Given the reality that we have a president who believes he is above the law, Congress must continue its investigations,” he said on Twitter. “If the House Judiciary Committee deems it necessary, I will support their decision to open an impeachment inquiry.”
In a “gaggle” with reporters, Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the White House is preparing for an impeachment fight.
“We’re always prepared but I don’t think the American people deserve that,” she said, according to a transcript provided by the pool report. “Every single minute that Congress spends on that we’re not spending on infrastructure, we’re not spending on lower prescription drug prices, we’re not spending on Iran, China, North Korea, new trade deals. Every single thing that they’re doing is taking away from things that could actually help the American people and that’s a great disservice.”
Nadler on impeachment: ‘all options are on the table’
House Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Nadler said all “options are on the table” including impeachment.
At a press conference in New York, he reiterated that “nothing should be ruled out” but did not go further than he has in the past on the matter of impeachment.
Nadler’s committee has been in negotiations with the special counsel’s office over the possibility of Mueller testifying before his panel.
But on Wednesday afternoon, asked if Nadler intended to subpoena the special counsel, the Democrat said: “Mr. Mueller told us a lot of what we need to hear today.”
Mueller stressed in his remarks on Wednesday that he preferred not to make any further public comments on his investigation and its findings and that, if called to testify, he would not say anything beyond what was contained in the report.
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Senate intelligence committee vice chairman Mark Warner has commented:
“As the Special Counsel made clear today, it’s up to Congress to uphold the rule of law, and ensure this never happens again. Going forward, we must take steps to protect our democracy by passing legislation that enhances election security.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tiptoed around calls for impeachment in a new statement responding to Mueller’s remarks. In her comments, she praised Mueller for his work and vowed to continue investigating the Trump administration.
“The Congress holds sacred its constitutional responsibility to investigate and hold the President accountable for his abuse of power,” she said. “The Congress will continue to investigate and legislate to protect our elections and secure our democracy. The American people must have the truth.”
Former South Carolina Democratic party chair Jamie Harrison on Wednesday launched his campaign for the Senate seat held by Lindsey Graham.
Here’s his launch video:
Meanwhile, the Russia-related investigations continue. CNN reports that Andrew Miller, an associated of Roger Stone, will testify on Friday.
Miller has been fighting a subpoena to testify for more than a year. Stone, a longtime confidant of the president, was arrested earlier this year and charged with obstruction, witness tampering and lying to Congress.
Meanwhile, Republicans are circling the wagons around Trump.
“Today’s statement by Mr. Mueller reinforces the findings of his report. And as for me, the case is over,” said Republican senator Lindsey Graham, a critic-turned-ally of the president’s. “Mr. Mueller has decided to move on and let the report speak for itself. Congress should follow his lead.”
On the issue of obstruction, Graham said:
“The Mueller team failed to reach a conclusion and turned that task over to the Attorney General. The Attorney General, in concert with then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, decided that as a matter of fact and law, an obstruction case against President Trump was not warranted. As the Mueller report indicated, a possible obstruction case was a hodgepodge of complicated facts and law.”
More 2020 candidates react to Mueller’s comments: