Democrats in Congress are gearing up for their biggest political fight with Donald Trump.
And now all hell is breaking loose after Schumer and Pelosi made this impeachment announcement.
The release of the Mueller report did not squash the Democrats impeachment plans.
Even though Special Counsel Mueller found no evidence of collusion with Russia, nor charged Donald Trump with obstruction of justice, Democrats are laying the groundwork for an impeachment inquiry.
Step one in that process was Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer releasing a statement demanding Robert Mueller testify before Congress.
“Attorney General [William] Barr’s regrettably partisan handling of the Mueller report, including his slanted March 24th summary letter, his irresponsible testimony before Congress last week, and his indefensible plan to spin the report in a press conference later this morning — hours before he allows the public or Congress to see it — have resulted in a crisis of confidence in his independence and impartiality,” Pelosi and Schumer’s statement read.
Mueller’s testimony won’t change the top line findings of the investigation, but Pelosi and Schumer hope he will drop politically damaging morsels which they’ll use to claim President Trump is unfit for office.
Since impeachment is a political – and not legal process – there is no burden of proof Democrats need to establish “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
And given that Mueller’s report was a political document prepared by partisan Democrat character assassins, Pelosi and Schumer believe it is a good bet Mueller’s testimony will provide more fodder for an eventual impeachment inquiry.
In addition to Mueller’s testimony, Democrats are keeping their “cover up” narrative going.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler intends to subpoena the full, unredacted Mueller report.
“I am open to working with the department to reach a reasonable accommodation for access to these materials. However I cannot accept any proposal which leaves most of Congress in the dark, as they grapple with their duties of legislation, oversight and constitutional accountability,” Nadler thundered.
“Congressman Nadler’s subpoena is premature and unnecessary. The department will continue to work with Congress to accommodate its legitimate requests consistent with the law and long-recognized executive branch interests,” a Justice Department spokesman responded.
The Justice Department offered to let Congress see an even less redacted version of the report – but protect information such as grand jury testimony which is required to be kept secret by law – but Pelosi rejected that olive branch.
“The department now has a duty to submit the full report and underlying evidence to Congress so that it can fulfill its constitutional responsibilities,” Pelosi roared.
Democrats know there is nothing in the redactions that will change anything about Mueller’s ultimate conclusions.
But they know the fake news media will reliably spin their talking points to fuel the suspicions that the Trump administration is covering up damaging information in the Mueller report.
Despite what the Democrats say, many Washington observers believe they fully intend to try and impeach President Trump.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.