Nadler: Mueller hearing to air evidence of Trump wrongdoing

Clay Curtis
July 22, 2019

House Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said on Sunday that President Donald Trump had "violated the law six ways from Sunday" before and during special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

Adam Schiff, the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that part of the goal of the hearings is to ensure the American people who have not read the report can hear its findings.

"The administration must be held accountable, and no president can be above the law". While the Judiciary Committee will grill Mueller on Trump's obstruction of justice accusations, the Intelligence Committee will focus on Trump's campaign staff contacts with Russian Federation, the Post says.

The report comes days ahead of Mueller's testimony before Nadler's panel, as well as before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday.

"Let us listen, let us see where the facts will take us", said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. While the report did not find sufficient evidence to establish charges of criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation to swing the election, it said Trump could not be cleared of trying to obstruct the investigation.

He continued, "It found a great deal of collusion, it found a great deal of obstruction of justice by the president, and it pointedly refused to exonerate the president".

Nadler went on to blast the president, saying he broke the law multiple times and is "guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors", the Constitution's definition of impeachable offenses. Democrats also will focus questioning on a series of meetings Trump had with former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski in which the Republican president directed Lewandowski to persuade then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to limit Mueller's investigation.

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The California Democrat believes Mueller - who no longer works for the Justice Department - will be able to effectively describe these details contained in his nuanced report to lawmakers and the public during his two hearings on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

Rather than galvanizing public opinion and the questions of impeachment, Mueller's reluctant appearance may become just another chapter in the Trump era that won't be closed until the 2020 election.

Mueller, the former special counsel for the Department of Justice and former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will testify before Congress on July 24 after House Democrats issued a subpoena for his appearance. They proved as much when they sent out Attorney General William Barr, in front of cameras, to misrepresent the report's findings hours before anyone else could read the redacted version for themselves, and it worked. Barr said he could find no evidence of obstruction.

"We hope it won't end up being a dud", Nadler said of Mueller's testimony.

That could lead to an unfulfilling conclusion for Democrats, and others, who are hoping Mueller's testimony will bring some resolution.

They also enumerated at least 10 instances where Trump sought to impede the investigation, with strong evidence in support of obstruction of justice allegations.

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