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Top Democrat Sees "Considerable Evidence of Obstruction of Justice" in Mueller Report, Issues Subpoena
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=47797"><span class="small">Kathryn Watson, CBS News</span></a>   
Friday, 19 April 2019 13:10

Watson writes: "House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said Friday he sees 'considerable evidence of obstruction of justice' in special counsel Robert Mueller's report, but isn't sure where congressional investigations will end up."

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler. (photo: Zach Gibson/Getty)
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler. (photo: Zach Gibson/Getty)

Top Democrat Sees "Considerable Evidence of Obstruction of Justice" in Mueller Report, Issues Subpoena

By Kathryn Watson, CBS News

19 April 19


ouse Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said Friday he sees "considerable evidence of obstruction of justice" in special counsel Robert Mueller's report, but isn't sure where congressional investigations will end up. Nadler issued a subpoena for the full, unredacted report and its underlying documents to the Justice Department Friday morning.

"I see considerable evidence of obstruction of justice, which is what Mueller said," the top Democrat told "CBS This Morning" the day after the release of Mueller's report.

Attorney General William Barr has already been invited to testify before Nadler's committee and Nadler said he will likely extend an invitation for Mueller to testify before his committee. Mueller has given the Justice Department a May 1 deadline for turning over all Mueller documents.

Despite the president's insistence that Mueller's report vindicates him, Nadler called the report "very damning," as it "paints a picture of a president who lies all the time," and demands others to lie for him, the top Democrat said.

Nadler had strong words of disapproval for Barr, who appeared to defend the president in a news conference ahead of the report's release. Barr explained to reporters in a prepared statement that Mr. Trump was frustrated with an investigation he viewed as illegitimate.

Nadler told "CBS This Morning" Barr has been "acting as the president's personal attorney," rather than as the top law enforcement official beholden to the U.S. Constitution.

Still, Nadler was cautious — as other top Democrats like House Leader Steny Hoyer have been in the last 24 hours — on the topic of impeachment. Nadler said he's cautious about the possibility of impeachment because, in his mind, moving forward with impeachment proceedings requires three things — belief that one can prove impeachable offenses; believe that those impeachable offenses are serious; and a belief that evidence for impeachment is so strong before any proceedings begin that even many of the president's supporters would agree.

So, what's the end goal? Nadler said that isn't clear, but insists Congress must see the full report, including underlying documents and redacted text.

"I don't know where we're headed," Nadler said.

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0 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-04-20 06:16
The ball is now in Nadler's court. He, Schiff, and a few other democrats could launch impeachment proceedings if they wish. They might be able to persuade Pelosi to allow them.

From my vantage point, I think impeachment would do a lot of damage to the democratic party. It would divide the party by moving the focus away from the Progressive momentum and back on to the center-right faction of the party. And it would probably strengthen Trump who will look like a victim of democratic party vengeance.

If Nadler is really concerned about the strength of the evidence -- and I doubt this -- then the Mueller Report won't help him. Its presentation of evidence for obstruction was very weak. It made a big point about Comey who has said already under oath that he was not obstructed. And Rosenstein -- the DOJ resident ghoul -- was there from beginning to end and he's testified under oath that there was no obstruction. So Nadler will have no support from the actual people who were alleged to have been obstructed.

I still think democrats win on policy issues and lose in the pissing match with Trump. The problem is that the center-right of the party is right alongside Trump on policy issues. That is the problem.
+2 # lfeuille 2019-04-20 18:37
They should start impeachment hearings right away. How in the world can he say he sees considerable evidence of obstruction of justice by the president but won't do anything about it. Is it suddenly ok for the president to repeatedly commit obstruction of justice because an election is coming up? That's just too cynical.
+1 # DongiC 2019-04-21 05:53
The Republicans are led by a man who has made a mockery of telling the truth. How can one believe a thing he says? Mueller was supposed to gather the evidence but he appears to be giving his fellow republican a pass. The Republican Congress had little appetite for conducting investigations either so in the deep fog enveloping Washington, Trump gets away with being Trump. You know the swaggering, bullying, bragging, mean spirited individual who despises people of color, moslems, children of immigrants, their parents, poor people in general, democrats and progressives. Democrats must conduct proper investigations into Sir Donald's activities and go from there. Slow but sure because our future as a democracy may well depend on it.
0 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-04-21 12:30
Impeachment will harden Trump supporters and drive them out to Vote. Democrats should focus on issues relating to health care, environment, income inequality, education, etc. that will win over Trump supporters. Support Progressives and VOTE Progressive. It may be our only chance to take back "our" government.