WASHINGTON (AP) — Brushing back calls for impeachment, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday “it’s not even close” to having enough support in the House, while Democrats pushed forward on other fronts to investigate President Donald Trump.
The House voted 229-191 to approve a resolution that will allow Democrats to accelerate their legal battles with the Trump administration over access to information from the Russia investigation.
At the same time, they’re convening hearings this week on special counsel Robert Mueller’s report in an effort to boost public interest in the findings of the Trump-Russia probe while digging into a legal strategy aimed at forcing Attorney General William Barr, former White House counsel Don McGahn and others into compliance with congressional oversight.
“We need answers to the questions left unanswered by the Mueller report,” Pelosi said on the House floor ahead of voting.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy countered that the Democratic maneuvers are all “just a desperate attempt to relitigate the Mueller investigation.” He called it “an impeachment effort in everything but name.”
Earlier in the day, Pelosi all but ignored questions about impeachment during a policy conference, saying the Democrats’ strategy is “legislating, investigating, litigating” — in that order.
Pressed about Trump, she said: “I’m done with him. I don’t even want to talk about him.”
The House’s far-reaching resolution approved Tuesday empowers committee chairs to sue top Trump administration officials to force compliance with congressional subpoenas, including those for Mueller’s full report and his underlying evidence. They now no longer need a vote of the full House.
The Judiciary Committee chairman, Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, urged his colleagues to support the legislation “so we can get into court and break the stonewall without delay.”
After the vote, Nadler said he would go to court “as quickly as possible” against McGahn, who at the behest of the White House has defied subpoenas for documents and his testimony.
The chairman also said he is prepared to go to court to enforce subpoenas against former White House communications director Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson, a former McGahn aide, if they don’t show up for scheduled interviews this month.
And Nadler added new names to the list, saying he is also interested in hearing from Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt, who served as former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ chief of staff, and former White House aide Rick Dearborn. Both are mentioned frequently in the Mueller report.
“Either work with us and comply with subpoenas or we’ll see you in court,” said Rep. James McGovern, D-Mass., the chairman of the Rules Committee.
House leaders have signaled they will hold off on suing Barr, for now, after the committee struck a deal with the Justice Department to receive some underlying materials from Mueller’s report. Nadler has called these some of Mueller’s “most important files” and said all members of the committee will be able to view them. They include redacted portions of the report pertaining to obstruction of justice. Some staff have already started viewing the files.
However, Nadler said the committee will likely sue for access to the report’s secret grand jury information.
The chairmen of several oversight committees said after the vote that Tuesday’s action extends beyond the Russia investigation into other aspects of Trump’s administration, including their subpoena for the president’s tax returns.
“This is not just about Russia, this is a broad, coordinated campaign to stall more investigations across the board,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the chairman of the Oversight Committee. “We are here in a fight for the soul of our democracy and we will use every single tool that is available to us to hold this administration accountable.”
It’s not clear if that will be enough, though, for the dozens of House Democrats who say it’s beyond time to start impeachment proceedings.
Pelosi has resisted those efforts so far, preferring to build the case in the courts, and in the court of public opinion.
The No. 2 Democrat, Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, downplayed the tensions, saying Tuesday he doesn’t get the impression the caucus is “embroiled by this issue and divided by this issue. We have differences of opinion, but I don’t think that we are divided.”
The ramped-up actions this week are intended to mollify some of the impatient members, while also seeking to deepen the public’s understanding of Mueller’s findings.
Mueller wrote in his 448-page report released last month that there was not enough evidence to establish that there was a criminal conspiracy between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia, but he also said he could not exonerate Trump on obstruction of justice. The report examined several episodes in which Trump attempted to influence or curtail Mueller’s investigation.
On Monday, the Judiciary panel heard testimony from John Dean, a White House counsel under Richard Nixon who helped bring down his presidency. Dean testified that Mueller has provided Congress with a “road map” for investigating Trump.
The focus on Mueller will continue Wednesday, when the House Intelligence Committee is scheduled to review the counterintelligence implications of Russia’s election interference, as detailed in Mueller’s report. The president’s eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr., is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Also Wednesday, the Oversight Committee will consider new contempt citations against Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross over the administration’s pursuit of citizenship questions on the U.S. Census.
Republicans have criticized the hearings as a waste of time and have called for Democrats to move on.
Associated Press writer Laurie Kellman in Washington contributed to this report.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke on Sunday insisted Democrats move toward impeaching President Trump, despite concerns that it could hurt the party in 2020.
“Regardless of the popularity of the idea or what the polling shows us, we must proceed with impeachment so we get the facts and the truth and there is justice for what was done to our democracy in 2016 and the other potential crimes that this president has committed,” O’Rourke told ABC “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos.
The new call to move forward on prosecuting Trump for alleged crimes he has committed since 2015 comes three days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she did not want to see Trump impeached, but rather “in prison.” However, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler has called for an impeachment inquiry.
Pelosi is attempting to tow a line between more progressive Democrats like O’Rourke, who are adamant about Trump’s being prosecuted, and others who worry it will hurt the party in the 2020 elections.
The former congressman from El Paso, Texas, said he believes Trump committed crimes that can still be prosecuted.
“I think those crimes might extend beyond what we’ve seen in the Mueller report — using public office for personal gain for himself and for his family; the relationship that he has with Vladimir Putin, which has never been properly explained — from the invitation as a candidate to have Russia involve itself in our elections; his efforts to obstruct justice; the fact that he called Vladimir Putin after the Mueller report was released — called it a hoax, thereby giving him a green light to further participate in our democracy and in our elections,” O’Rourke said.
But O’Rourke refrained from promising he would move to impeach Trump if elected to president next year, saying he would have his Justice Department “follow the facts” and see what they find.
House Democrats this week plan to begin making the case for an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., wants the caucus to stay away from impeachment, but to mollify her pro-impeachment faction, she has sanctioned hearings as well as votes citing two Trump administration officials with contempt of Congress.
The action starts Monday in the House Judiciary Committee where lawmakers plan to hold a series of hearings to examine the findings in the 448-page Mueller report, which Democrats believe show Trump broke the law.
On Tuesday, lawmakers will vote on a resolution to cite Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn with contempt of Congress.
The hearings, Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said, will focus on “the alleged crimes and other misconduct laid out in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.”
Democrats hope it will shift public sentiment in favor of impeachment of Trump for various offenses, including a refusal to cooperate with a broad array of House investigations conducted by their party. Polls show a majority of voters do not support impeachment although the number has ticked up slightly recently.
“I’m hoping all these hearings that we have will allow us not only a chance to get into the legal pieces of this but really the implications for our democracy if we concentrate power in one person,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., said. “That’s called a king. What we have is a president and a democracy and three co-equal branches of government.”
The star witness at Monday’s hearing is John Dean, a key Watergate figure who served as White House counsel to President Richard Nixon.
While Dean served time in prison for obstruction of justice, he’s been a staunch critic of Trump and attacks him regularly on Twitter and on cable news shows.
Dean, Democrats hope, can help the public understand the similarities between the Watergate scandal, which forced Nixon’s resignation, and President Trump, who they believe tried to obstruct Mueller’s two-year inquiry into alleged Russian collusion with his campaign.
The hearing, Nadler said, will focus on Trump’s “most overt acts of obstruction” while subsequent hearings will feature “other important aspects of the Mueller report.”
Dean has made the case that Trump’s alleged wrongdoing in office generally is worse than anything that pushed out Nixon.
“Trump is making the long nightmare of Nixon’s Watergate seem like a brief idyllic daydream,” Dean tweeted in November. “History will treat Nixon’s moral failures as relatively less troubling than Trump’s sustained and growing decadence, deviousness and self-delusive behavior. Nixon=corrupt; Trump=evil.”
Tuesday’s contempt vote will shift to federal district court the fight between Congress and Trump over access to material and witnesses from his administration.
Democrats want to cite Barr with contempt for refusing to turn over the unredacted version of the Mueller report while McGahn faces their wrath for declining to appear as a witness at a public hearing.
They will vote on a civil contempt resolution, which will leave it up to the courts to decide whether the Trump administration was legally entitled to hold back witnesses and documents Democrats want to see.
In Barr’s case, the redacted material must remain concealed by law. Democrats are mainly angry at him for his four-page memo declaring the Mueller report cleared President Trump of obstruction and collusion.
Democrats believe Barr lied to them and that Mueller found evidence of obstruction.
The courts have greenlighted Democrats recently in their quest to subpoena access to Trump’s financial documents, which they want to scour for crimes.
“We have already seen the courts side with Congress and we’ll continue to pursue the facts on behalf of the American people,” Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Friday. “We will follow the facts wherever they lead.”
Ultimately pro-impeachment Democrats, who are still only a fraction of the caucus, hope the actions they take beginning this week will shift the polls in favor of impeachment.
A June 4 Hill-HarrisX poll found only 35% of respondents favored impeachment, compared to 45% who aren’t in favor of it and 20% who are undecided.
Nadler, in a CNN interview last week, acknowledged there is not enough support for impeachment but believes it would grow if more people heard about the facts of the case.
“Right now, we have to get the facts out, we have to educate the American people, because after all, the American people have been lied to consistently by the president, by the attorney general, who have misrepresented what was in the Mueller report,” Nadler said.
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi told senior Democrats that she’d like to see President Donald Trump “in prison” as she clashed with House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler in a meeting on Tuesday night over whether to launch impeachment proceedings.
Pelosi met with Nadler (D-N.Y.) and several other top Democrats who are aggressively pursuing investigations against the president, according to multiple sources. Nadler and other committee leaders have been embroiled in a behind-the-scenes turf battle for weeks over ownership of the Democrats’ sprawling investigation into Trump.
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Nadler pressed Pelosi to allow his committee to launch an impeachment inquiry against Trump — the second such request he’s made in recent weeks only to be rebuffed by the California Democrat and other senior leaders. Pelosi stood firm, reiterating that she isn’t open to the idea of impeaching Trump at this time.
“I don’t want to see him impeached, I want to see him in prison,” Pelosi said, according to multiple Democratic sources familiar with the meeting. Instead of impeachment, Pelosi still prefers to see Trump defeated at the ballot box and then prosecuted for his alleged crimes, according to the sources.
They said she was expressing solidarity with pro-impeachment Democrats who want to hold the president accountable while disputing the idea that it is now time to take that step. Pelosi has long argued that certain conditions must be met before Democrats begin impeachment — public support and strong bipartisan backing, neither of which have so far materialized.
Other Democrats said Pelosi’s comment wasn’t that surprising given her previous criticisms of the president, including saying Trump “is engaged in a cover-up,” that his staff and family should stage an intervention and that the president’s actions “are villainous to the Constitution of the United States.”
Ashley Etienne, a Pelosi spokeswoman said Pelosi and the chairmen “had a productive meeting about the state of play with the Mueller report. They agreed to keep all options on the table and continue to move forward with an aggressive hearing and legislative strategy, as early as next week, to address the president’s corruption and abuses of power uncovered in the report.”
House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) and Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) were also present for the meeting. Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) — a vocal impeachment supporter whose panel is probing Trump’s finances — was not in attendance.
In Tuesday’s meeting, some committee chairs expressed frustration about the appearance that rank-and-file members — rather than party leaders — were leading the caucus’ oversight strategy, including what they do on impeachment, according to one source familiar with the meeting.
But not all committee leaders were supportive of the impeachment inquiry. Both Schiff and Neal argued that if Democrats are going to open an inquiry, they should also be prepared to impeach Trump, which the caucus isn’t ready to do, they said. Cummings also sided with Pelosi, according to a source.
Neal also grumbled about Democrats who have come out in favor of impeachment, saying it puts pressure on members in bordering congressional districts to explain why they don’t feel the same way. House Rules Chairman Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) — whose district touches Neal’s — came out for impeachment last week.
The meeting is just the latest example of the impeachment debate that is roiling the Democratic Caucus. Pelosi is facing continued pressure both publicly from some rank-and-file members and privately from committee leaders like Nadler, who are unhappy with the current strategy.
The gulf between Nadler and Pelosi was on full display Wednesday as the New York Democrat dodged questions about whether he and Pelosi were in agreement on Democrats’ impeachment strategy.
“We are investigating all of the things we would investigate, frankly, in an impeachment inquiry,” Nadler said on CNN. He then paused for several seconds when asked if he and Pelosi were “on the same page.”
“When that decision has to be made, it will be made not by any one individual, it will be made probably by the caucus as a whole,” Nadler added. “Certainly Nancy will have the largest single voice in it.”
Pelosi, meanwhile, is trying to publicly project unity — going so far as to defiantly declare Wednesday that “there is no controversy” within the caucus over impeachment.
“Make no mistake, we know exactly what path we’re on. We know exactly what actions we need to take,” Pelosi told reporters earlier Wednesday, hitting her palm on the podium for emphasis.
In reality, the speaker and her top lieutenants have been trying to tamp down a rebellion within the caucus, as close to 60 members have publicly declared they want to begin impeaching Trump.
Trump, meanwhile, has continued to stonewall Democrats’ every attempt to investigate his administration, personal finances and charges of obstruction of justice outlined by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Party leaders have tried to relieve some of the pressure by taking more aggressive public action against the White House’s repeated defiance, including scheduling a contempt vote on the House floor next week against Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn.
And Democratic leaders continue to emphasize that their methodical, step-by-step oversight process is working, pointing to recent federal court victories Democrats have secured against Trump’s efforts to block them. Nadler is also still trying to secure Mueller’s testimony before his committee.
But for a growing number of Democrats, including several members of the Judiciary Committee, opening impeachment proceedings is the only recourse.
Reps. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) and Joe Neguse (D-Colo.), all members of Democratic leadership and the Judiciary panel, first raised the idea of launching an impeachment inquiry during a private leadership meeting late last month only to be shot down by Pelosi.
Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) and other top Democrats met with Nadler separately that night as he again unsuccessfully argued for opening an impeachment inquiry.
Nadler, Raskin and other lawmakers say opening an inquiry doesn’t necessarily result in impeachment and would strengthen their legal case as Democrats pursue Trump in court in an effort to force him to comply with their investigations. But other Democrats argue that the public wouldn’t understand the difference between an inquiry and actual impeachment, which would only further muddle the party’s message in the run-up to the election.
Pelosi has repeatedly said she doesn’t think trying to impeach Trump is “worth it,” arguing that without the public on their side, the best way to beat the president is to persuade voters to kick him out of office in 2020. She and some other top Democrats worry that pursuing impeachment would swamp their legislative agenda and embolden the Republican base, possibly costing them the House next year and ensuring Trump’s reelection.
“I’m not feeling any pressure,” Pelosi told reporters Wednesday.
Trump Tweeted “I kept hearing that there would be “massive” rallies against me in the UK, but it was quite the opposite.” What Do You Think?
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Special counsel Robert Mueller will break his silence Wednesday about his 22-month investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign and Russian interference in the election.
The former FBI director will speak at 11 a.m. ET at the Department of Justice. The event will be streamed live, according to a press release. Mueller will not take questions.
Mueller’s remarks come less than a week after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said that Mueller wanted to testify privately to Congress about the probe. Some Democrats pushed for Mueller to testify publicly. President Donald Trump has said that Mueller should not testify.
The White House was advised Tuesday that Mueller “may make a statement,” a senior administration official said.
Mueller and his team of prosecutors have been tight-lipped about their inquiry, releasing new information rarely and generally in the form of unsealed indictments. The DOJ released a partially redacted version of Mueller’s 448-page report last month.
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Nadler was at an event at PS 149 in Manhattan touting an increase in speed cameras near schools when he appeared to become disoriented.
De Blasio stopped his remarks and turned to Nadler, offering him some water.
“Jerry, take a drink, you look a little dehydrated, brother. You seem a little dehydrated. You OK? ” de Blasio said. “Jerry? How you feel man? You all right?”
People started asking for a doctor and an announcement of a “code blue” was made over the public address system.
Doctors rushed to his side.
He seemed to recover his composure a short time later and was taken for a checkup.
“Appreciate everyone’s concern. Was very warm in the room this morning, was obviously dehydrated and felt a bit ill. Glad to receive fluids and am feeling much better. Thank you for your thoughts,” Nadler tweeted early in the afternoon.
“You can’t keep Jerry Nadler down,” tweeted de Blasio. “Thank you to the staff at PS 199 and NYC Health + Hospitals for their quick response.”
Nadler is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
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Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler appeared weak and on the verge of passing out at a presser Friday in Manhattan
At one point as Mayor de Blasio is speaking, there’s a commotion and people flock to help Nadler, who seemed weak and pale
When de Blasio asks Nadler if he was OK, Nadler can be heard responding with a faint “no” before putting his hand over his face
Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler appeared weak and on the verge of passing out at a presser held by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Friday morning in Manhattan.
The mayor is speaking — and then there’s a sudden commotion. De Blasio and others move to help an extremely pale Nadler as he sits, a ghost-like look on his face, in the chairs at P.S. 199 on the Upper West Side.
Nadler had given remarks at an event about speed enforcement cameras in school zones when he slumped in his chair. At one point, video shows de Blasio offer a drink from his water bottle to Nadler and tell him he looks a bit dehydrated.
When de Blasio asks Nadler if he is OK, Nadler can be heard responding with a faint “no” before putting his hand over his face. Moments later he seemed to recover a bit and was able to speak; the Democrat was given water to drink and an orange to eat as de Blasio cleared the school gym to assist in the response.
Nadler was then wheeled out on a stretcher to an ambulance that backed up into an alley behind the school. De Blasio was seen by his side, escorting Nadler to the ambulance.
In a statement, Nadler’s spokesperson said, “He is okay. Seems to have been dehydrated and it was very warm in the room. He is now responsive and receiving a check-up.”
Sources tell NBC 4 New York, Nadler was taken to NYU Medical Center.
Following Nadler’s apparent health scare, de Blasio addressed the public.
“Congressman Nadler is doing much better. I spent time with him, the medical personnel, the EMTs who responded. He got more energetic with every passing minute,” de Blasio said, adding that it was “comforting” to see Nadler back to “his old self.”
“We are very hopeful he’ll make a very speedy recovery,” de Blasio went on to say.
In a subsequent tweet, Nadler said: “Appreciate everyone’s concern. Was very warm in the room this morning, was obviously dehydrated and felt a bit ill. Glad to receive fluids and am feeling much better. Thank you for your thoughts.”
Though he couldn’t share specific health information or medical history, Dr. Ted Long from NYC Health + Hospitals, who was by de Blasio’s side as the mayor addressed the public, said that Nadler was able to answer all of the medical personnel’s questions as soon as they made their way to him.
Additionally, Long said that whenever someone looks like they are falling asleep, dehydration is always a concern. However, Long said it is “presumptuous” to know exactly what went wrong without performing the appropriate tests.
This development comes as Nadler has been locked in subpoena battles with the Trump administration and has been in negotiations for special counsel Robert Mueller to testify before the committee.
Nadler has made repeated efforts for Mueller to speak in front of Congress. On “The Rachel Maddow Show” Thursday night, Nadler said Mueller told him that he is willing to make a public opening statement, but leave his testimony behind closed doors.
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Republican Sen. John Kennedy said House Democrats should stop debating whether to impeach President Trump.
“The House leadership needs to urinate or get off the pot. The House leadership needs to indict the president of the United States, impeach him, and let us hold a trial. He won’t be convicted,” the Louisiana senator said Wednesday.
“Or they need to go ahead and hold in contempt every single member of the Trump administration so we can move those issues into our court system and go back to doing the people’s business,” he said.
House Democrats have sought information relating to Trump’s tax returns and special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, but the Trump administration has refused to turn over the requested information.
The House Judiciary Committee voted this month to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress after Trump asserted executive privilege over Mueller’s full report and the underlying evidence.
It has also subpoenaed former White House officials Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson as part of the investigation into possible obstruction of justice. Former White House counsel Don McGahn defied a subpoena from the panel this week, and Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said he will move to hold the lawyer in contempt of Congress.
Kennedy said if the standoff goes to court, it could be a “zero-sum game” that will end in either reduced congressional authority or lead to fewer people wanting to run for the White House.
“Either the administration will win, in which case the oversight authority of the United States Congress will be undermined, or the House leadership will win, in which case no American with a brain above a single-cell organism is going to want to run for the president of the United States,” Kennedy said.