Impeachment? Hoyer Says It's 'Not Worthwhile'; Schiff Is Doubtful; Nadler Sees 'Possibility'

By Susan Jones | April 19, 2019 | 7:25am EDT
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

( - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told CNN's Dana Bash on Thursday that the Mueller report does not demand Trump's impeachment:

"Based on what we have seen to date, going forward on impeachment is not worthwhile at this point," Hoyer told Bash off-camera. "Very frankly, there is an election in 18 months and the American people will make a judgment."

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the chair of the House intelligence committee who has been pursuing Trump since he became president, also hedged on impeachment Thursday, telling CNN:

Well, you know, that decision (impeachment) is above my pay grade, but I do agree that, as I've been saying for some time, and I think it's consistent also with the speaker's own view of the matter, the evidence would have to be quite overwhelming and demonstrable and such that it would generate bipartisan support for the idea that it renders the president unfit for office.

Many of us do think the president is unfit for office, but unless that's a bipartisan conclusion, an impeachment would be doomed to failure. I continue to think that a failed impeachment is not in the national interest, and so we'll see what's been redacted from this report. We'll continue to do our own work. But barring a bipartisan consensus, it's very hard to see how that effort would be successful.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, held a news conference Thursday afternoon to discuss what happens now that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has release a report with no criminal referrals concerning the president.

Among other things, Nadler complained that the report is "incomplete because part of it is redacted."

He also said the Special Counsel "made clear that he did not exonerate the President and the responsibility now falls to Congress to hold the President accountable for his actions."

"Does that mean impeachment?" a reporter asked.

"That's one possibility," Nadler said. "There are others. We--we obviously have to get to the bottom of what happened and take whatever action seems necessary at that time. It's too early to reach those conclusions. It's one reason we wanted the Mueller report. We still want the Mueller report in its entirety, and we want other evidence, too."

Nadler said Congress "will proceed with our inquiries."

"I mean, the first thing we will do is--is make sure we get the rest of the report and the underlying evidence. We will have Attorney General Barr testify in front of the Judiciary Committee on May 2nd. I anticipate that Mr. Mueller will testify sometime the next couple of weeks after that. And we will probably hold a series of hearings on--on other aspects, and we'll see where we go from there."

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