House Judiciary Chair Nadler: "Mueller told us a lot of what we need to hear today"
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday refused to answer whether Democrats will move forward toward impeachment, but said that “Mueller told us a lot of what we need to hear today” when asked whether he would subpoena the special counsel to testify.
Why it matters: In his first public statement since he was appointed special counsel, Mueller reaffirmed that a Justice Department legal opinion ruled out any option of charging President Trump with a crime during his investigation, saying: “The Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing.” According to the opinion, that process is Congress‘ power to impeach, though Mueller did not explicitly say that in his remarks.
- Mueller’s claim that he would have cleared Trump if he “had confidence that the president did not commit a crime” has energized some Democrats who were previously hesitant to launch impeachment proceedings.
- Democratic party leaders like Nadler and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, meanwhile, appear to be holding steady in their strategy of continuing to investigate Trump without a formal impeachment inquiry.
- Some House Democrats have said they are still confident that Mueller will testify, but Nadler threw some cold water on the likelihood of that happening with his statement Wednesday.
- Highlights from Mueller’s first press conference
- What they’re saying: Washington reacts to Mueller’s public statement