There just wasn’t enough to convince Nancy Pelosi to open impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump after Robert Mueller’s testimony on Wednesday. But she did not rule the process out saying if that’s where the party ends up “that’s the place we will have to go.”
“My position has always been: whatever decision we make in that regard would have to be done with our strongest possible hand, and we still have some outstanding matters in the courts,” she said at a press conference in the Capitol.
Pelosi did not close the door entirely on the matter after she met with her fellow Democratic lawmakers. The party got together behind closed doors after Mueller finished nearly five hours of testimony on Capitol Hill.
“If we have a case for impeachment, that’s the place we will have to go,” she added.
Pelosi also said the situation is not “endless” in terms of time.
“That is not endless in terms of time or endless in terms of the information that we want. But if it comes to a point where the cone of silence and the obstruction of justice and the cover-up in the White House prevents us from getting that information, that will not prevent us from going forward. In fact, it’s even more grounds to go forward,” she added.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, who favors beginning impeachment proceedings against the president, led the first round of questioning of Mueller. He is going after former White House Counsel Don McGahn, who was a key witness in Mueller’s report.
“The very next step either tomorrow or Friday is we’re going into court to ask for the grand jury material and to enforce the subpoena against Mr. McGahn. And that’s particularly important because the excuses — I won’t call them reasons — the excuses the White House gives for McGahn not testifying and the nonsense about absolute immunity etc. are the same excuses for all the other fact witnesses, and if we break that, we break the law,” the New York Democrat said Wednesday at the Capitol.
“Mueller made clear that the President is not exonerated,” Nadler said.
Mueller, himself, said in Wednesday’s hearing that Trump is vulnerable to indictment after leaving office.
Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff led the second round of questioning against Mueller. He said he wanted to be sure Democrats could win an impeachment case in the court of public opinion given the low odds of the Republican-controlled Senate convicting the president.
“There are two juries in an impeachment. There is the jury which is the Senate which decides removal from office, and then there is the jury that is the American people,” Schiff said at a press conference in the Capitol after Mueller wrapped his testimony.
“And I’m most concerned about the jury that is the American people. And before we embark on a course as significant to the country as the impeachment of a president, I want to make sure that we can make that case to the jury of the American people,” he said.
Credit: Daily Mail