Rep. Andre Carson: 'Mueller Has Really Thrown the Congress'

By Susan Jones | May 30, 2019 | 6:38am EDT
Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.) sits on the House intelligence committee. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

( - Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.) said on Wednesday, "It's very clear that Director Mueller has really thrown the football, if you will, to Congress.

"And so I think Congress should take the football, not leave impeachment off the table, but work very deliberately to look at Russia's interference into our electoral process, look at members of the Trump apparatus and what they've done and their being in cahoots, lying to Congress, lying to investigators, lying to the Special Counsel, working with the Russian government to achieve an end goal that has been disastrous."


The end goal, of course, was the election of President Donald Trump.

Carson said various House committees have been "deliberate" in "unearthing criminal matters and really dealing with the kind of specificity necessary" to move toward impeachment.

"I don't think we should rule out an impeachment," Carson told CNN's Wolf Blitzer:

I do think that there is a delicate balance. I think that some constituents want it. Others want us to move forward. I don't think we need to rule it out. I don't think we need to let Trump off the hook as it relates to impeachment. We still have a constitutional duty that we have to be a check to the administration's excess.

However, we cannot be distracted and create a dynamic where Donald Trump becomes an underdog and he secures a re-election effort. So I think we have to be measured and really make the case before the American people that an impeachment is necessary.

A key part of "making the case" to the American people is having Robert Mueller testify before the House Judiciary Committee, Carson said, even though Mueller on Wednesday said he has no intention of doing so.

"I think it would do good (for Mueller) to come before the Congress so that the American people can see him," Carson said. "Now with that comes the pageantry that exists when you deal with members of Congress who are posturing for the cameras and who are being provocative.

"But I don't think that the line of questioning that will come from my colleagues will deter Director Mueller. I think he will remain firm on what is reported. But I still think it's healthy, for the health of our democracy, Wolf, for him to come before Congress in a public setting to answer serious questions."

Democrats, knowing that most Americans will not read the Mueller report, want Mueller and others to essentially recite it in public hearings, providing damning sound bites for liberal media outlets to use in their campaign against the president.

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