Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said Monday that he and the members of his committee may well recommend articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump by late fall.
During an appearance on MSNBC, Nadler said:
“If we decide to report articles of impeachment, we could get to that late in the fall, in the latter part of the year.”
Nadler has petitioned a federal judge to allow his committee to see grand jury evidence from the report filed by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller earlier this year. Nadler is also on the verge of suing former White House counsel Don McGahn for his testimony regarding possible of obstruction of justice by President Trump.
Addressing the ongoing court actions, Nadler noted:
“I think that we will probably get court decisions by the end of October, maybe shortly thereafter. We’ll have hearings in September and October with people we don’t — witnesses who are not dependent on the court proceedings.”
Politico reports that such an expedited schedule may not be possible in the time laid out by Nadler:
That’s an ambitious timeframe for a committee that has so far been nearly totally stymied in its effort to force Mueller’s central witnesses to provide information to Congress. McGahn, his deputy Annie Donaldson and former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks have all refused to testify about the events that they freely discussed with Mueller, forming the basis of Mueller’s damaging evidence of Trump’s efforts to thwart the investigation of his campaign’s numerous contacts with Russians.
As Republicans and the White House maintain that Mueller’s report exonerated Trump of any crimes, the truth is far from that assertion, The Hill notes:
While the former FBI chief did not present any new evidence during the hearings — and often times gave basic or one-worded answers — he did confirm on camera that his investigation did not exonerate the president of obstruction of justice. Mueller also emphasized Russia’s active efforts to interfere in the 2016 election, while describing the Trump encouraging WikiLeaks to publish damaging information on his opponent as “problematic.”
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