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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler is sticking with the tired Democrat narrative that special counsel Robert Mueller would have charged President Trump with obstruction of justice had not the Department of Justice kept him from doing so.
Arguing the case for impeachment on CNN during an interview with Jake Tapper, Nadler maintained that Mueller was restrained only by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel opinion that a sitting president cannot be indicted.
Conveniently Ignored Fact: Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller made it clear, both in his report and his follow up testimony, that the special counsel’s office had not reached a determination on obstruction of justice one way or the other.
In a press conference on Friday, Nadler tried to lay the groundwork for why he believed impeaching Trump would be justified. As part of his argument, he referenced an exchange between Democratic California Rep. Ted Lieu and Mueller, which Mueller disavowed a few hours later.
“He told us in a remarkable exchange with Mr. Lieu that, but for the Department of Justice policy prohibiting him from doing so, he would’ve indicted President Trump,” Nadler said Friday. “Indeed, it is clear that any other citizen of this country who has behaved as this president has would have been charged with multiple crimes.”
CNN’s Jake Tapper pointed out during Nadler’s appearance that “Mueller walked that whole statement back before his afternoon testimony before the House Intelligence Committee,” and then played the clip of it.
Watch Nadler squirm:
“Were you not aware that Mueller had walked that back?” Tapper asked.
“Well, Mueller very carefully in the report said that he did not make a decision, but he did not make a decision only because he thought — and he says this in this report. He thought it unfair to the president to say he was guilty, likely guilty of a crime when the president couldn’t defend himself in a trial that wouldn’t occur because he could not be indicted because of the Department of Justice’s decision,” Nadler said.
Bottom line: Democrats won’t be giving up on dreams of impeachment anytime soon, according to WIBC host Tony Katz. Click the link below to hear Tony’s full commentary.