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Ahead of Mueller Hearings, Top Democrats Call Trump 'Unindicted Co-Conspirator' and Accuse Him of 'High Crimes and Misdemeanors'
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49561"><span class="small">Felicia Sonmez, The Washington Post</span></a>   
Monday, 22 July 2019 08:35

Sonmez writes: "House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said Sunday that he believes there is "substantial evidence" that President Trump has committed high crimes and misdemeanors, defending his panel's decision to call former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to testify later this week."

Democratic Reps. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Adam Schiff (Calif.) and Eliot Engel (N.Y.) at a news conference on June 11, 2019. (photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
Democratic Reps. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Adam Schiff (Calif.) and Eliot Engel (N.Y.) at a news conference on June 11, 2019. (photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Ahead of Mueller Hearings, Top Democrats Call Trump 'Unindicted Co-Conspirator' and Accuse Him of 'High Crimes and Misdemeanors'

By Felicia Sonmez, The Washington Post

22 July 19


he two House chairmen who will oversee this week’s hearings featuring former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III on Sunday declared President Trump an “unindicted co-conspirator” and accused him of high crimes and misdemeanors but stopped short of calling for his impeachment.

The statements by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) come three days before Mueller is scheduled to testify before their panels.

In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Nadler defended his decision to call Mueller to testify and said the public needs to hear directly from the former special counsel about his report on Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.

“The report presents very substantial evidence that the president is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors,” Nadler said. “And we have to let Mueller present those facts to the American people and then see where we go from there, because the administration must be held accountable and no president can be above the law.”

Aides say Nadler has privately voiced support for impeachment proceedings against Trump, but he has stopped short of publicly calling for such a move.

Schiff on Sunday was asked about news last week that the U.S. attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York has concluded its campaign finance investigation centered on Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney.

Schiff said on CBS News’s “Face the Nation” that it was “clear” that the Justice Department feels bound by an Office of Legal Counsel opinion that prevents the indictment of a sitting president. He added that Trump “is an essentially unindicted co-conspirator” and predicted that federal prosecutors will take another look at the case once the president leaves the White House.

“I assume that all this means, in terms of the Southern District of New York, is that the case will be reopened when he leaves office, providing the statute of limitations has not run, and the Justice Department will have to weigh whether to indict the former president,” Schiff said.

Mueller will testify on Wednesday for three hours before the House Judiciary Committee and two hours before the House Intelligence Committee.

The two panels have taken the unusual step of coordinating their questioning. Judiciary Committee Democrats plan to focus on possible obstruction of justice, while members of the Intelligence Committee are intent on getting answers about Russia’s contacts with the Trump campaign.

Last week, when the House voted to kill an impeachment resolution filed by Rep. Al Green (D-Tex.), Schiff voted with most Democrats to table it, while Nadler was among the 95 Democrats who voted to keep the measure alive.

Nadler and several other Democrats on the Judiciary Committee tried to persuade Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other party leaders to refer the articles of impeachment to their panel but were rebuffed, according to congressional officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal talks.

Democrats are divided about what they want to take place after Wednesday’s hearings: Pelosi and other party leaders are reluctant to pursue an impeachment inquiry, while many rank-and-file members consider Mueller’s testimony their best shot at moving public sentiment toward ousting Trump.

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+1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-07-23 06:13
So if Trump is an "unindicted co-conspirator, " then there must be a conspiracy for which there are people who have been indicted. But there is no such conspiracy indictment. It is hard to believe that two attorney's -- Schiff and Nadler -- missed this point.

"Unindicted co-conspirator" is just name calling. Rashida Tlaib called Trump a "mother fucker." That is a much more descriptive and accurate term for Trump. Everyone knows what that is. No one knows what an "unindicted co-conspirator" is. It is mumbo-jumbo. If you are unindicted you are not a conspirator. Even if you are indicted you are not a conspirator. You can only be a conspirator by being convicted: that is, the name requires legal proof. Nadler and Schiff have none of this.

We are now deep into the politics of name calling. Trump started it all. Name calling on Twitter is one of his main ways of communicating. It is also how 10 year olds communicate and Twitter is designed for the 10 year old mentality.

Contrary to Nadler, Mueller's Report said there was NO conspiracy between Trump and the Russians to interfere with the 2016 elections.

It will be hard to make a case on name calling. When Schiff and Nadler lead democrats into the mumbo-jumbo of name calling, they are leading democrats to defeat in 2020. We need real clear politics, not mumbo-jumbo.

Mumbo-jumbo -- "language or ritual causing or intended to cause confusion or bewilderment."