President Trump continues to claim exoneration from special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, while simultaneously attacking it, as Democrats debate whether the accounts of Trump’s repeated attempts to interfere with the probe justify pursuing his impeachment.
“The Mueller Report, despite being written by Angry Democrats and Trump Haters, and with unlimited money behind it ($35,000,000), didn’t lay a glove on me,” Trump tweeted early Wednesday. “I DID NOTHING WRONG.”
This followed the president’s Twitter rant 48 hours earlier when he retweeted remarks by Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, from 2018, who described the probe as an attempted “coup against a lawfully-elected President.”
Departing the White House on Wednesday, Trump continued to rail against the probe.
“We just went through the Mueller witch hunt where you had really 18 angry Democrats that hate President Trump. They hate him with a passion,” Trump said. “I thought after two years we’d be finished with it. No. Now the House goes and starts subpoenas. They want to do every deal I’ve ever done.”
"The Democrats are trying to win 2020. They're not going to win with the people I see and they're not going to win against me," the president fumed. "The only way they can luck out is by constantly going after me on nonsense."
He added: “I say it’s enough. Get back to infrastructure. Get back to cutting taxes. Get back to lowering drug prices.”
Mueller’s two-year investigation concluded that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 election “in sweeping and systemic fashion.” A redacted version of Mueller's report released last week found no conspiracy between Russia and Trump’s campaign. But it chronicled at least 10 episodes of efforts by Trump to obstruct the federal probe.
And while the special counsel declined to charge Trump with obstruction of justice, investigators explicitly refused to exonerate the president.
“If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state,” the report read. “We are unable to reach that judgment. The evidence we obtained about the President’s actions and intent presents difficult issues that prevent us from conclusively determining that no criminal conduct occurred. Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”
The findings have spurred calls by several top Democrats, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., to pursue Trump’s impeachment. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is urging caution, saying she wants to see Mueller’s full unredacted report and hear testimony from current and former members of the Trump administration before considering it.
“Impeachment is one of the most divisive forces, paths that we could go down to in our country,” Pelosi said Tuesday. “But if the path of fact-finding takes us there, we have no choice.”
Trump warned that such a move would lead to a legal battle.
“If the partisan Dems ever tried to Impeach, I would first head to the U.S. Supreme Court," Trump tweeted Wednesday.
But according to the Constitution, Congress oversees impeachment, not the high court.
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