Trump slams Nancy Pelosi, Mueller before D-Day ceremony in France

Larry Hoffman
June 8, 2019

Photograph courtesy of Kevin Dietsch/Sipa USA at Tribune News Service.

Pelosi rebuffed House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler of NY, who again asked the speaker's permission to launch an impeachment inquiry, according to the Politico report, which cited unnamed "multiple Democratic sources familiar with" the Tuesday meeting. It was too much to expect and far more than delivered.

Barr released a redacted version of the 448-page report on April 18.

The resolution, which the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives is expected to consider on Tuesday, replaces an earlier plan by House lawmakers to vote formally on whether to hold Barr and McGahn in contempt of Congress, aides said.

When Ingraham asked if Trump could do anything more to unite the country, he stated that Democrats would never join him to improve the country. "The report is my testimony". Well, what did it say - and what doesn't it?

Naturally - the Trump campaign didn't conspire.

The growing support for an impeachment inquiry creates the potential for a dramatic clash with the Trump administration this summer over Congress' investigative demands. Trump talked endlessly about locking Hillary Clinton up on the trial in 2016, didn't he? Crimes, yes. But criminals?

Mueller, though, left millions confused about the second part of the report, which laid out instances the team said may have constituted obstruction of justice, ultimately deciding not to charge Trump with a crime or recommend any charges but still claiming that they could not exonerate Trump, or prove him innocent.

The Justice Department said that certain documents the Democrats subpoenaed are protected by attorney-client privilege and therefore can not be released.

"Nancy Pelosi, I call her Nervous Nancy", Trump said, saying he does not care whether Democrats call Mueller to testify about his investigation.

The leaders of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department - and Mueller - have defended the special counsel's office, but Mueller himself opened the door to a discussion about the quality of his personnel when he singled them out for praise last week in a subtle rebuke of all that earlier criticism. This was and remains just what it says it is, an opinion.

What is unsafe is permitting anyone, for any length of time, to be above the law.

Justice Department officials were not immediately available to comment on the resolution.

Pelosi, of San Francisco, has been trying to hold back the impeachment push, arguing that Congress should only move if the evidence is overwhelming and the support is bipartisan. It was clear from Mueller's press statement that he believes such a referral to be not only appropriate but necessary.

Trump had responded to the speaker by questioning her mental fitness and ignited further controversy by sharing a doctored video that was edited to suggest, falsely, that Pelosi was impaired. "No one, not even the President, is above the law". "Nothing changes from the Mueller Report". Read it, then, and weep - or, if you so choose, act. In that of Donald Trump, it is so much wasted ink.

Today, the House Judiciary Committee announced that they will be holding a series of hearings entitled "Lessons From the Mueller Report: Presidential Obstruction and Other Crimes", the first of which will be held on June 10th.

He also said the special counsel's insistence that he didn't find Trump not guilty "is not the standard we use at the department".

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