Nadler: Some Conduct Described in Mueller Report 'Would Be Impeachable, Yes.'

By Susan Jones | April 22, 2019 | 6:10am EDT
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) chairs the House Judiciary Committee (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - The Mueller report lays out 11 "key issues and events" relating to possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump, but it draws no conclusion on whether Trump actually did obstruct justice.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said it now falls to Congress to "go through all the evidence, all the information we can get, and to know where the evidence leads us."

 

"Do you think this is impeachable?" NBC's Chuck Todd, host of "Meet the Press" asked Nadler on Sunday.

"Yeah, I do," Nadler said. "I do think that this -- if proven, if proven, which hasn't been proven yet, some of this, if proven, some of this would be impeachable, yes. Obstruction of justice, if proven, would be impeachable."

Nadler said his committee is "going to see where the facts lead us."

In the process of gathering those facts, Nadler said his committee plans to call Attorney General Willam Barr, Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and former White House Counsel Don McGahn to testify.

McGahn told the Special Counsel that President Trump twice told him to remove Mueller as special counsel, something McGahn refused to do. And later, according to Mueller's report, Trump told McGahn to deny, in writing, that he'd been asked to fire Mueller.

(Trump is quoted in the report as saying he never used the word “fire.”)

The eleven areas investigated as part of Mueller's obstruction-of-justice investigation include:

--The Campaign's response to reports about Russian support for Trump.

--Conduct involving FBI Director Comey and Michael Flynn.

--The President's reaction to the continuing Russia investigation.

--The President's termination of Comey.

--The appointment of a Special Counsel and efforts to remove him.

--Efforts to curtail the Special Counsel's investigation.

--Efforts to prevent public disclosure of evidence.

--Further efforts to have the Attorney General take control of the investigation.

--Efforts to have McGahn deny that the President had ordered him to have the Special Counsel removed.

--Conduct towards Flynn, Manafort (redacted).

--Conduct involving Michael Cohen.

The Mueller team did not draw "ultimate conclusions" about Trump's conduct in those 11 areas because it did not plan to indict him. "At the same time 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 says.

"Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, we are unable to reach that judgment. Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” the report said.

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