House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said impeachment is possible as the House will investigate Trump for obstruction of justice.
Here was Nadler’s exchange with reporters:
Q: When you say it is Congress’s responsibility to hold the president accountable, does that mean impeachment?
Nadler: That is one possibility. There are others. We obviously have to get to the bottom of what happened and take whatever action seems necessary at that time. It’s too early to reach those conclusions. It’s one reason we wanted the Mueller report. We still want the Mueller report in its entirety. We want other evidence, too.
Q: Congressman, will congress proceed with their own obstruction inquiries?
Nadler: We will proceed with our inquiries. I mean, the first thing we will do is make sure we get the rest of the report and the underlying evidence. We will have attorney general Barr testify in front of the judiciary committee May 2nd. I anticipate that Mr. Mueller will testify sometime in the next couple of weeks after that. We will probably hold a series of hearings on other aspects. We’ll see where we go from there.
Q: Did you choose to go toward impeachment, how important would this report be? Does this provide a road map?
Nadler: Well, it’s too early to talk about that. You know, because we will have to go follow the evidence where it leads. I don’t know exactly where it will lead.
The Road To Impeachment Is Paved With Obstruction Of Justice
Nadler is right. It is still too early to talk about impeachment, but the obstruction of justice investigation is what will lay the groundwork for impeachment. Mueller has given the House a roadmap for their investigation, which still must be done. Democrats can’t skip steps in the process, but the path to impeachment goes directing through investigating Trump for obstruction of justice.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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