Democrats Vow to Continue Investigating Trump for Obstruction of Justice
- Author: Michelle Webb Apr 24, 2019,
Apr 24, 2019, 1:13
After Trump repeatedly brought up the Russian Federation investigation with his national intelligence director, "Coats said he finally told the President that Coats's job was to provide intelligence and not get involved in investigations", the report said.
Released on Thursday after a almost two-year investigation, Mueller's report detailed a huge amount of cooperative but not criminal contacts between Trump's 2016 election campaign and Russian Federation that assisted the Republican against his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
Democrats in the House of Representatives planned a conference call for Monday afternoon to discuss their next steps in response to the Mueller report. "What's more, the investigation confirmed that President Trump consistently ordered his advisers to commit acts they believed to be illegal". "I wouldn't say impeachment is off the table".
Before drawing any conclusions, Mr Nadler said Democrats would want to see those materials as well as hear from Mr Mueller and Attorney General William Barr, who is scheduled to testify in early May.
US Senator Elizabeth Warren became the first major contender for the Democratic 2020 presidential nomination to call for the start of impeachment, saying on Friday that "the severity of this misconduct" demanded it. However, while prosecuting a sitting President is unprecedented and against existing Department of Justice policy, the final word on obstruction will ultimately be political - now that Congress has the Mueller Report, it must decide what to do with it.
But Robert Mueller chose to not charge Trump with a crime.
Coats told Mueller's investigators that Trump never asked him to speak with Comey about the FBI investigation. Mr. Trump claims Mueller's description of his behavior during the campaign, and in the White House, are fabrications created to bring him down.
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The New York Democrat announced his court action to compel McGahn to testify before the panel and provide documents.
House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat, issued a subpoena to the Justice Department to hand over the full Russian Federation report, saying he can not accept the redacted version that "leaves most of Congress in the dark". She added: "Whether now indictable or not, it is clear that the president has, at a minimum, engaged in highly unethical and unscrupulous behaviour which does not bring honour to the office he holds".
It remains to be seen how many Democrats will get on the impeachment bandwagon.
Mueller's report last week described in vivid detail episodes in which Trump is said to have dispatched allies to fire Mueller, shut down his investigation and lie.
On March 22, 2017, Trump asked then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo and National Intelligence Director Dan Coats to stay behind after a meeting at the White House to ask if the men could "say publicly that no link existed between him and Russian Federation", the report said. The report makes it crystal clear that Donald Trump has spent his entire presidency engaged in a nonstop campaign of obstruction, intimidation and abuse of power.