On the Hill with Doug Christian
(Audio: Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller DOJ policy is not to indict a president)
Capitol Hill – That was Special Counsel Robert Mueller saying that Department of Justice policy is not to indict a sitting president and to leave proprietorial procedures to Congress – ie. Impeachment.
However, he said that in addition to investigating Russian interference, the special counsel’s office investigated possible obstruction of that investigation. Additionally, he said that the special counsel’s office was allowed to investigate the president for future records.
(Audio: Mueller DOJ policy is to investigate a future president)
Many presidential Democratic candidates called for Congress to act on Mueller’s statement, saying that impeachment is the appropriate remedy.
Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand and Cory Booker issued statements immediately.
Mueller’s statement makes clear what those who have read his report know: It is an impeachment referral, and it’s up to Congress to act. They should.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) May 29, 2019
What Robert Mueller basically did was return an impeachment referral. Now it is up to Congress to hold this president accountable.
We need to start impeachment proceedings. It’s our constitutional obligation.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 29, 2019
Robert Mueller’s statement makes it clear: Congress has a legal and moral obligation to begin impeachment proceedings immediately.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) May 29, 2019
It’s time for Congress to begin impeachment hearings and follow the facts. Robert Mueller clearly expects Congress to exercise its constitutional authority and take steps that he could not. We can’t let the president defy basic accountability measures built into our Constitution.
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) May 29, 2019
Rep. Seth Moulton tweeted:
Mueller did his job. Now it’s time to do ours.
Impeachment hearings should begin tomorrow. https://t.co/9za3s0pqOA
— Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) May 29, 2019
Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, Maxine Waters tweeted:
Mueller made clear Trump is NOT exonerated and that AG Barr is a liar. Mueller did his job now it’s time for Congress to do its job. No more hiding behind the special counsel. Enough is enough. It’s time to #ImpeachTrump. We can’t wait for 2020. The time is NOW!
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) May 29, 2019
But Sen. Bernie Sanders struck a middle ground in his tweet:
Given the reality that we have a president who believes he is above the law, Congress must continue its investigations. If the House Judiciary Committee deems it necessary, I will support their decision to open an impeachment inquiry. https://t.co/6lTVdcaTXc
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) May 29, 2019
And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says, “”You don’t bring an impeachment unless you have all the facts.”
Doug Christian, Capitol Hill