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OpinionPelosi may face new impeachment pressure with Mueller testimony

16:40  22 july  2019
16:40  22 july  2019 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

Pelosi stops short of calling for impeachment after Mueller testimony

Pelosi stops short of calling for impeachment after Mueller testimony "The American people now realize more fully the crimes that were committed against our Constitution," Pelosi said of Robert Mueller's testimony

Speaker Nancy Pelosi is facing mounting pressure from those inside her party who say Special Counsel Robert Mueller ’s newly released report lays the groundwork in Congress for Published April 22. Pelosi faces mounting Trump impeachment pressure from Dem ranks after Mueller report.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi , facing a revolt from members of her caucus, has been compelled to hold an closed-door meeting Wednesday morning to deal with new pressure to go forward with an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. Despite a growing number of Democrats tired of

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Democrats are hoping former special counsel Robert Mueller’s July 24 testimony before Congress next week will provide the impetus needed to launch an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

Congress last week voted to table articles of impeachment against Trump.

It’s the third time Democrats have brought an impeachment measure to the House floor. But 95 Democrats (40% of the caucus) voted in favor of it this time, a significant increase over the past two attempts, which earned 58 votes and 66 votes respectively.

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Pelosi warns Dems: Don’t trash colleagues who won’t back impeachment House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned congressional Democrats who support impeachment proceedings not to “disparage” colleagues who don't, a source said.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi during a press conference Thursday on Capitol Hill. CreditErin Schaff/The New York Times. Democratic leaders may wait to pair the Judiciary Committee’s contempt recommendations with another, most likely from the Intelligence Committee should its conflict with the

Mueller ’s statement increases pressure on Pelosi to begin Trump impeachment . Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s public declaration Wednesday that his investigation could not clear President Trump of obstruction has triggered fresh calls in the Democratic Party for impeachment , increasing

It’s a sign that pressure is increasing on Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and Mueller’s testimony could push more undecided lawmakers into the impeachment camp.

“How many will join us after Mueller testifies before Congress?” Rep. Jimmy Gomez, D-California, queried last week on Twitter.

Mueller has spoken publicly about the report only once — in a nine-minute, impromptu press conference on May 29.

He said if called to testify before Congress he would “not provide information beyond that which is already public.”

But Democrats, who issued a subpoena for Mueller to appear, believe they can find out more about obstruction.

They say Mueller, who did not draw an conclusion on whether Trump tried to obstruct the probe, nonetheless provided examples of obstruction in the report, including an instance where the president asked his then-counsel Don McGahn if he could fire Mueller.

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CreditCreditDoug Mills/The New York Times. Mr. Mueller stressed that he would not comment further on the actions of the Justice Department or It’s — I think it’s a fair inference from what we heard in that press conference that Bob Mueller was essentially referring impeachment to the United States

Ms. Pelosi tried to convince her colleagues that they have tools to hold Mr. Trump to account without But Mr. Mueller declined to indict the president or recommend impeachment because he said In the meantime, House Democrats have tried to keep pressure on the Justice Department to hand over an

“We are still doing what we wanted to do in the very beginning,” said Rep. Val Demings, D-Florida, who sits on the two committees that will query Mueller. “Which is make sure the public has all the information we can possibly have. And that we continue to lay out a case to begin impeachment proceedings.”

Mueller is scheduled to testify twice on Wednesday.

He’ll first answer questions for three hours before the House Judiciary Committee.

Then, he’ll testify for two hours before the House Intelligence Committee.

Both panels are headed by Democrats who are staunch Trump foes.

Lawmakers in both parties have met privately to plot out their questions to Mueller.

Republicans on the intelligence panel will zero in on whether the probe was justified in the first place.

“We’ll be asking about the origins and the conduct of the counterintelligence investigation, both before and after the special counsel took over,” a GOP aide told the Washington Examiner.

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Pelosi: A decision on impeachment will be made in a 'timely fashion' House Speaker Nancy Pelosi denied the idea that she is trying to "run out the clock" on impeachment.

Robert S. Mueller III stated clearly that he hoped his public statement Wednesday would be his last, but with impeachment fever rising, Democrats want him on a witness stand. CreditCreditKirsten Luce for The New York Times. Speaker Nancy Pelosi , who has tried to hold back an impeachment inquiry

"The report is my testimony ," Mueller said. "I would not provide information beyond that which is Pelosi and her lieutenants make the case publicly and privately that impeachment is thorny Mueller ’s statement makes clear what those who have read his report know: It is an impeachment

Judiciary GOP lawmakers believe Mueller will make the case that “nothing is there,” regarding alleged collusion between Trump and the Russians, an aide told the Washington Examiner.

Poll: No impeachment bump after Mueller's testimony

Poll: No impeachment bump after Mueller's testimony The poll also underscores the quandary facing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is facing new pressure from House Democrats to open impeachment proceedings against President Trump, as the White House continues to resist Democratic Congressional investigators who are in the 11th inning of their battle to unseat Trump from office.

The Democrats pressing Pelosi to change course on impeachment predicted momentum would grow following Mueller 's appearance. It's a high-stakes gambit that could have a short window of opportunity, however, because Mueller is coming to Capitol Hill just days before the month-long congressional

Democrats will focus on obstruction, in particular the McGahn episode, which Trump has denied.

Evidence of obstruction would pave a clear pathway to impeachment proceedings, many Democrats believe.

Mueller, in his brief public statement, said he did not exonerate Trump.

“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” Mueller said.

Pro-impeachment Democrats view that line as a tantalizing suggestion that there is more wrongdoing to uncover.

Democratic leaders, however have lower expectations for the Mueller testimony.

“I think that the report has brought some clarity and his own public statement brought further clarity and now when he speaks about it more people will know what is in the report,” Pelosi told reporters last week.

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries of New York, appeared on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers Thursday to talk about the upcoming hearing.

He described Mueller’s testimony as “the Cliff Note version” of the 438-page report, but not much more.

“We need real talk, and we're going to try to bring that out on behalf of the American people,” Jeffries said.

Pro-impeachment Democrats said Mueller’s public testimony about the report will convince the public it’s time to oust Trump, even if nothing new is revealed.

“I think there will be more and more members who call for an impeachment inquiry,” Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Pennsylvania, a member of the Judiciary Committee, told CNN. “I think Robert Mueller is the very first step. He'll be before our Judiciary Committee. We'll very thoughtfully elicit from him the narrative, the wrongdoing that is revealed in that report.”

Pelosi made no promises about impeachment after Mueller’s appearance.

“Let us go where the facts take us,” she said.

Almost half House Democrats now support impeachment inquiry.
Nearly half the House Democrats now support an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. That's according to a tally by The Associated Press on Wednesday. It shows 113 Democrats and one Republican in the House are publicly backing an inquiry. The number spiked in the aftermath of Robert Mueller's testimony on the special counsel's report. Some two dozen House Democrats added their names after Mueller's appearance last week on Capitol Hill. Still, it's far from the 218 votes that are typically needed to pass legislation in the House, where Democrats hold a 235-seat majority.

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