House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler Says “Substantial” Evidence Indicates Trump Is ‘Guilty Of High Crimes’
On Sunday, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler that the Mueller Report brings “very substantial evidence” that President Donald Trump is “guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors,” an offense punishable by impeachment.
Nadler expressed his feelings that Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be the one to “present those facts to the American people, and then see where we go from there, because the administration must be held accountable.” Should the House of Representatives decide to go ahead with proceedings to impeach the president, Nadler’s committee would lead the trial.
Mueller will testify before Congress after being subpoenaed by House Democrats. His public testimony may be an opportunity for the Democrats to come together and decide whether or not they want to begin an impeachment inquiry. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Nadler have not succumbed to the pressure of the more than 80 Democrats of have called for the Impeachment proceedings. However, behind closed doors Nadler has been attempting to get Pelosi to open an inquiry.
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has stated on CBS’s Face The Nation that Mueller’s report gives “a pretty damning set of facts.” Schiff feels the American people should “hear it directly from him.” As the majority of Americans have not read the 448-page report, it is imperative that Americans hear what Mueller has concluded from the investigation, he said.
The Mueller probe, which also investigated Russia’s possible collusion in the 2016 presidential election, found that members of Trump’s campaign knew that Russia meddling could affect the outcome of the election. It was also found that the Trump campaign and family members did not try to stop the interference.
While giving an overview of his probe, Mueller made it clear that the Congress could carry the investigation on as the “Constitution requires a process other than” the criminal justice system be used to confront issues regarding officeholders.
The impeachment clause in Article II of the United States Constitution dictates how the process for impeaching a president should proceed and specifies that certain crimes could trigger the process such as bribery, treason or “high crimes and misdemeanors.” The latter is a broad description of offenses, that gives an idea of what could be used as evidence in impeachment proceedings.
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