PoliticsDemocrats 'may' pursue impeachment against Donald Trump as Giuliani defends president

17:55  21 april  2019
17:55  21 april  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Rudy Giuliani says he believes Barr will release 'vast majority' of Mueller report

Rudy Giuliani says he believes Barr will release 'vast majority' of Mueller report President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani said he believes Attorney General Barr will release the "vast majority" of the Mueller Report. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "He is going to release, I'm sure, the vast majority of it," Giuliani said in an interview with radio host John Catsimatidis that aired Sunday on AM 970 in New York. The former New York City mayor said he believes the report will be a "full explanation of Mueller.

WASHINGTON – Top House Democrats said Sunday they will decide soon whether to pursue impeachment against President Donald Trump, while Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani argued that it would have been okay for the president to have accepted Russia's help during the 2016 election.

"Obstruction of justice, if proven, would be impeachable," said Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, adding that he wants to see where the facts lead.

Trump takes aim at Dem talk of impeachment

Trump takes aim at Dem talk of impeachment President Trump on Sunday took aim at the Democrats pushing to advance impeachment proceedings against him, as the dust settles from special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian election interference. 

The Democrats "may" take up impeachment depending on "what is the best thing for the country," said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, speaking on ABC's This Week.

Giuliani, meanwhile, said there would not have been anything necessarily wrong with the president and campaign aides taking information from the Russians about Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. Giuliani also said Trump would have been within his rights to have Mueller fired, a key event behind claims that Trump tried to obstruct justice.

“There's nothing wrong with taking information from Russians," Giuliani said on CNN's State of the Union. "It depends on where it came from.”

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Republicans and Democrats took to the Sunday interview shows to debate the Mueller report, which said that there was no evidence of coordination between the Trump campaign and Russians who sought to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump pushes back on impeachment talk: 'Tables are finally turning on the Witch Hunt!'

Trump pushes back on impeachment talk: 'Tables are finally turning on the Witch Hunt!' President Trump on Monday pushed back on the prospect of Democrats launching impeachment proceedings against him, asserting that he did not commit a crime to reach the threshold of "high crimes and misdemeanors." "Only high crimes and misdemeanors can lead to impeachment," Trump tweeted. "There were no crimes by me (No Collusion, No Obstruction), so you can't impeach. It was the Democrats that committed the crimes, not your Republican President! Tables are finally turning on the Witch Hunt!" Only high crimes and misdemeanors can lead to impeachment.

The report also said Trump and his campaign welcomed the help from the Russians, including stolen emails from Democrats and the use of social media to push fake news about Clinton.

The report listed 10 episodes in which Trump tried to interfere in the investigation, including his demands to aides at one point that Mueller be removed from his post. Mueller's team said it did not determine whether Trump's actions amounted to obstruction of justice in a legal sense, and suggested Congress might want to take up the issue.

Describing parts of the Mueller report as "warped" and "biased," Giuliani said there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia – not that there would necessarily be anything wrong with that.

"It depends on the stolen material," Giuliani said on NBC's Meet The Press.

Trump says 'nobody disobeys' him, has no impeachment worries

Trump says 'nobody disobeys' him, has no impeachment worries President Donald Trump says that "nobody" disobeys his orders, a reference to the Mueller report, which paints a deeply unflattering picture of his presidency. Trump made the comments Monday during the annual Easter Egg roll when asked by reporters about special counsel Robert Mueller's portrayal of a White House in which staffers often ignore the president's orders. The report suggested that some of those refusals helped protect the president from himself. But Trump insisted Monday that: "Nobody disobeys my orders.

In a series of contentious interviews, Giuliani also said the president would have had the right to fire Mueller because he had staff members who were pro-Clinton and biased against Trump. Had that happened, he said, Trump would have expected a new person come in and take over the investigation.

House Democrats disputed Giuliani's analysis, and said they would hold hearings on the Mueller report, including one featuring the special counsel himself. Nadler, who wants to see portions of the report that were redacted by Attorney General William Barr, said Democrats will be meeting in the coming days to plan the next steps of investigation.

"We have to hear from Barr, we have to hear from Mueller," Nadler said. "We have to get the entire report."

As he has throughout the weekend, Trump himself – who initially hailed the Mueller report as vindication – continued to attack some of its critical findings.

"The Trump Haters and Angry Democrats who wrote the Mueller Report were devastated by the No Collusion finding!" he tweeted on Easter Sunday from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla. "Nothing but a total 'hit job' which should never have been allowed to start in the first place!"

Pelosi downplays impeachment post-Mueller report

Pelosi downplays impeachment post-Mueller report Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) sought to tamp down the notion of impeaching President Trump in the wake of special counsel Robert Mueller's report, telling Democrats ahead of a conference call later Monday that there are other options. 

In another tweet, Trump predicted that upcoming hearings would hurt the Democrats politically: "The Radical Left Democrats do not want to go on to Legislate for the good of the people, but only to Investigate and waste time. This is costing our Country greatly, and will cost the Dems big time in 2020!"

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