President Donald Trump is not worried “at all” about the talk of impeachment proceedings, White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley insisted Tuesday.
“I was standing right next to him actually, [Monday] at the Easter Egg Roll,” Gidley told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.” “A question was shouted out about impeachment and he said he wasn’t worried at all, not in the least, because there’s nothing to worry about when you’ve done nothing wrong.”
However, many of the Democrats calling for his impeachment are presidential nominees, Gidley said, but there is “no crime.”
“The president hasn’t done anything criminally wrong, and they are still trying to attack this president,” Gidley said. “They don’t want to get to the truth. They want to get to the president, and he has done nothing wrong.”
Further, Gidley said, after special counsel Robert Mueller’s report was released, “we now know there is no collusion with a foreign power. We know there is no obstruction. He wasn’t prosecuted for anything.”
In addition, there were no further indictments, Gidley said, “despite Democrats saying for two years that this president committed treason without proof or evidence and they’re continuing to double down.”
If Democrats backed down on their claims against the president, “they would be admitting the last two years of their life was a complete and total waste of time,” Gidley said.
He added “Democrats like [Rep.] Jerry Nadler [D-N.Y.] continue to attack this president and attack members of this administration repeatedly.”
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A House chairman on Monday subpoenaed former White House Counsel Don McGahn as Democratic leaders moved to deepen their investigation of President Donald Trump while bottling up talk among their rank-and-file of impeaching him.
Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler was one of six powerful committee leaders making their case on a conference call with other House Democrats late in the day that they are effectively investigating Trump-related matters ranging from potential obstruction to his personal and business taxes.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged divided Democrats to focus on fact-finding rather than the prospect of any impeachment proceedings after the damning details of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
Nadler and the other chairmen made clear they believe Trump did obstruct justice, according to people on the call who weren’t authorized to discuss it by name. McGahn would be a star witness for any such case because he refused Trump’s demand to set Mueller’s firing in motion, according to the report.
“The Special Counsel’s report, even in redacted form, outlines substantial evidence that President Trump engaged in obstruction and other abuses,” Nadler said in a statement released as the conference call got underway. “It now falls to Congress to determine for itself the full scope of the misconduct and to decide what steps to take in the exercise of our duties of oversight, legislation and constitutional accountability.”
The subpoena angered Republicans even as it functioned as a reassurance to impatient Democrats.
Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, the top Republican on the Judiciary panel, pointed out that McGahn sat for 30 hours of interviews with Mueller and said Nadler was asking for some items that he knows cannot be produced.
Trump himself insisted he wasn’t worried.
“Not even a little bit,” he said when asked Monday whether he was concerned about impeachment. However, his many tweets seeking to undermine the report’s credibility indicate he is hardly shrugging it aside.
“Only high crimes and misdemeanors can lead to impeachment,” he said Monday on Twitter. “There were no crimes by me (No Collusion, No Obstruction), so you can’t impeach. It was the Democrats that committed the crimes, not your Republican President!”
On the other end of the scale, Pelosi’s approach disappointed some Democrats who are agitating for impeachment proceedings. According to her spokesman, Rep. Val Demings of Florida said she believed the House has enough evidence to begin the process.
McGahn was a vital witness for Mueller, recounting the president’s outrage over the investigation and his efforts to curtail it.
The former White House counsel described, for instance, being called at home by the president on the night of June 17, 2017, and directed to call the Justice Department and say that Mueller had conflicts of interest and should be removed. McGahn declined the command, “deciding that he would resign rather than trigger what he regarded as a potential Saturday Night Massacre,” the Mueller report said.
Once that episode became public in the news media, the president demanded that McGahn dispute the reports and asked him why he had told Mueller about it and why he had taken notes of their conversations. McGahn refused to back down, the report said.
Nadler’s announcement was one of several leadership moves aimed at calming a struggle among Democrats to speak with one voice about what to do in light of Mueller’s startling account of Trump’s repeated efforts to fire him, shut down his probe and get allies to lie.
After Mueller’s report was released last week, the most prominent of the Democratic freshmen, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, signed on to Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s resolution calling for an investigation into Trump’s conduct and the question of whether it merits a formal impeachment charge in the House.
“Mueller’s report is clear in pointing to Congress’ responsibility in investigating obstruction of justice by the President,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
On Monday, Pelosi’s letter made clear there was no Democratic disagreement that Trump “at a minimum, engaged in highly unethical and unscrupulous behavior which does not bring honor to the office he holds.” But she acknowledged the party’s officeholders have a range of views on how to proceed.
She counseled them repeatedly to go after facts, not resort to “passion or prejudice” in the intense run-up to the 2020 presidential and congressional elections. She is the de facto leader of her party until Democrats nominate a candidate to challenge Trump, so her words echoed on the presidential campaign trail.
“We all firmly agree that we should proceed down a path of finding the truth,” Pelosi wrote. “It is also important to know that the facts regarding holding the president accountable can be gained outside of impeachment hearings.”
As the conference call got underway, Nadler’s subpoena announcement was made public, an indication that the facts-first approach was moving ahead. Pelosi, calling from New York City, spoke briefly. Then she put a show of leadership force on the line — six committee chairmen, some of the most powerful people in Congress — to give more details, according to people on the call.
Nadler went first. Others who followed were Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings, intelligence committee Chairman Adam Schiff, Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel, Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Water and Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal. The call lasted about 90 minutes and included about 170 Democrats.
During a series of town hall events on CNN Monday night, several 2020 Democratic presidential candidates weighed in. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren repeated her call for an impeachment vote, saying that if lawmakers believe the president’s actions were appropriate, “they should have to take that vote and live with it.”
California Sen. Kamala Harris said she believes “Congress should take the steps toward impeachment.”
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Trump should be held accountable, but she stopped short of calling for impeachment.
There’s more coming to keep Trump’s reported misdeeds in public. Congressional panels are demanding the unredacted version of the Mueller report and its underlying material gathered from the investigation. Attorney General William Barr is expected to testify in the House and Senate next week. Nadler has summoned Mueller to testify next month, though no date has been set.
In the face of the intense run-up to the 2020 election, Pelosi implicitly suggested Democrats resist creating episodes like the one in January in which Tlaib was recorded declaring the House would impeach Trump.
“We must show the American people we are proceeding free from passion or prejudice, strictly on the presentation of fact,” Pelosi wrote.
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White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley on Monday criticized Democrats for being “upset” special counsel Robert Mueller did not return evidence President Donald Trump colluded with Russia to undermine the 2016 presidential election.
“They should be celebrating the fact that the president was being truthful,” Gidley told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.” “He was being honest and knew that there was nothing there. No evidence, to corroboration, no collusion. Instead, they are upset about it.”
He singled out Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., complaining the lawmaker has said he agrees he does not think impeachment is the right choice for now, but he had been telling the United States he had “stone cold evidence” against the president.
“No one is asking Adam Schiff, ‘hey, do you retract this? Do you have the evidence?'” Gidley said. “Everyone still takes him seriously. I don’t even know how that’s possible.”
Meanwhile, the mood in the White House is “very good,” Gidley said, but there remains “some righteous indignation and anger why did this all start in the first place? It completely wasted the American’s people’s time and money.”
He also rejected Democrats’ argument Trump is putting the Republican Party before the country.
“The president loves this country,” Gidley said. “He didn’t have to run for president. He was a successful businessman. He has seen how this country has been hurt last eight years economically and ISIS taking over so much of the world. He has come in and changed all of that systematically in two years.”
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President Donald Trump on Monday tweeted he can’t be impeached, denying claims he obstructed justice concerning special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
“Only high crimes and misdemeanors can lead to impeachment,” Trump tweeted. “There were no crimes by me (No Collusion, No Obstruction), so you can’t impeach. It was the Democrats that committed the crimes, not your Republican President! Tables are finally turning on the Witch Hunt!”
Several Democrats have called for impeachment following the release of Mueller’s report, which details at least 10 times Trump might have obstructed justice, though the special counsel did not conclude the president committed a crime.
Mueller wrote “the president’s efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the president declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is scheduled to host a conference call Monday with House Democrats to formulate a strategy following the report’s release.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., told NBC News on Sunday he has not ruled out impeachment, but said Congress will “have to hear from” Mueller and Attorney General William Barr before they can proceed, if they choose to impeach.
“Some of this would be impeachable,” Nadler said, referring to the allegations in the report. “Obstruction of justice, if proven, would be impeachable.”
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President Donald Trump isn’t taking impeachment talk by Democrats lightly.
“How do you impeach a Republican President for a crime that was committed by the Democrats? MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” Trump tweeted Sunday evening after arriving in Washington following an Easter Sunday spent at Mar-a-Lago in Florida.
Earlier, the president criticized special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, calling it the “worst and most corrupt political Witch Hunt in the history of the United Stated (No Collusion) when it was the “other side” that illegally created the diversionary & criminal event and even spied on my campaign? Disgraceful!”
Several Democrats, including Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., over the weekend said impeachment could still be pursued.
“Impeachment is likely to be unsuccessful,” said Schiff during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” before adding, “It may be that we undertake an impeachment nonetheless.”
U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, whose panel would spearhead any impeachment proceedings, said Democrats would press ahead with investigations of Trump in Congress and “see where the facts lead us.”
“Obstruction of justice, if proven, would be impeachable,” Nadler said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
A redacted version of Mueller’s long-awaited report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, the product of a 22-month investigation, outlined multiple instances where Trump tried to thwart the probe. While it stopped short of concluding Trump had committed a crime, it did not exonerate him.
Information from Reuters was used in this report.
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Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said Sunday it’d be a political “mistake” to start impeachment proceedings to remove President Donald Trump from office — though it’s likely that’s what House Democrats will do.
In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said “it’s time to move on” in the wake of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.
“I suspect that’s what the Democrats, particularly in the House of Representatives, are going to want to do,” he said of impeachment.
“That of course, is a political question and I think politically speaking it would be a mistake for them to do it. It sounds like some of them are inclined to go down that road.”
“The number one takeaway from this report, is that there was no collusion,” he added. “We’ve got people, who for the last two years have been using the Russian’s attempt to undermine the legitimacy of our electoral process, as an effort within this country to undermine this president, and the process by which he was elected. But there was no collusion. … Not a scintilla of evidence supports that.”
Lee also said though colleague Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, was deeply critical of the Trump administration as revealed in the Mueller report, “there’s nothing in this report that changes my view of this president”
“I don’t think most Americans, I don’t think most senators, most members of Congress, I don’t think most Americans will have their view of the president of the United States changed by this report,” he asserted.
He criticized the report, however, for often being “odd” and “confusing.”
“For example, when [Mueller] talks about obstruction, I think it’s odd to say ‘I’m not going to make a recommendation, but I’m going to sound like I’m making a recommendation,’” Lee said, adding: “It’s full of double negatives. It’s kind of confusing.”
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Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., on Sunday accused Republican leaders in the Senate and House of being “willing to carry the president’s water” no matter what his conduct is.
In an interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” Schiff said that willingness is the reason any effort by Democrats to impeach President Donald Trump would fail.
“We’re in an environment today where the GOP leadership, people like [House Minority Leader Rep.] Kevin McCarthy [R-Calif.], are willing to carry the president’s water no matter how corrupt or dishonest the president’s conduct may be.
“In those kind of circumstances, when [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell [R-Ky.] won’t stand up to the president either, that means impeachment will be unsuccessful.“
He said Democrats in Congress will have a choice to make.
“I think what we’ll have to decide as a caucus, what’s the best thing for the country,” he said. “Is this the best thing for the country, take up an impeachment proceeding? To do otherwise sends a message that this conduct is somehow compatible with office — or not take up impeachment that won’t be successful in the Senate because the Republican leadership won’t do its duty.”
In both his ABC News interview and on “Fox News Sunday,” Schiff maintained his assertion that evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia is “in plain sight” — despite that finding by special counsel Robert Mueller.
“I have been clear over the last year, there’s ample evidence of collusion in plain sight,” he said on “This Week.” “I distinguish time and time again between collusion that’s acts of corruption that may or may not be criminal and proof of criminal conspiracy.”
He also addressed the issue when challenged on his assertion by “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace.
“When I talked about evidence of collusion in plain sight, I used those words ‘in plain sight’ and I pointed to the meetings in Trump Tower that Don [Trump] Jr. and [Jared] Kushner and Paul Manafort took,” he said.
“What more clear intent to collude could you have than the Russians offering dirt on Hillary Clinton as part of what was described as an effort to help Mr. Trump in the campaign and Don Jr. saying ‘if it’s what you say, I would love it?’”
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The final report of special counsel Robert Mueller contained findings that didn’t “sound like Donald Trump” — including his lament that “my presidency is over” after the Mueller investigation began, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Sunday.
“There are other things in the Mueller report [that] don’t sound like Donald Trump,” Conway said. “I have been by his side for three straight years. He’s never said once ‘my candidacy is over,’ ‘my presidency is over.’
“What I want the viewers to understand what’s in this report and what is not in this report. No criminal charges brought against President Trump. There will be no criminal charges brought against anyone in his family or connected to his campaign.”
Conway also said Trump “deserves an apology from millions of people in country including those who have a lot of power in this country.”
“The media as well,” she said. “… Day after day, story after story, we’re leading the public to believe that there was collusion and criminal conspiracy.”
But she predicted that as a result, Trump will be reelected.
“People will look back at this week as another reason he gets reelected,” she predicted. “Mark my words, they spent 22 months, $25 million constantly beating the drum of collusion.”
Conway also dismissed criticism of the Trump administration by Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah.
“I thought that Mr. Romney missed a great opportunity this weekend to say one very important thing, which is, he was right in 2012 when he said to the whole world in a debate against then-president Barack Obama, the big geopolitical foe was Russia,” Conway said.
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A conservative host on CNN cannot reach liberal viewers without trumpeting for the ouster of President Donald Trump, but S.E. Cupp does it with a call to “beat him at the ballot box” – the way the U.S. Democracy intended – and not moving to impeach him.
“This president is unfit to lead,” she said on CNN’s “S.E. Cupp Unfiltered.” “He has shown time and time again his utter disdain for democratic process, separation of powers, the law. He’s got to go. But not by impeachment.”
Cupp was pointing to the political attacks on President Trump from the Mueller report, which concluded there was insufficient evidence to prove a crime but passed the buck to Congress to decide the president’s fate on potential impeachment proceedings.
“The reality is without bipartisan support for such a drastic and disruptive maneuver it will only rip us apart even further and that benefits Trump, not America,” she said of impeachment. “Beat him at the ballot box.
“Beat him with ideas and policies. Beat him with an agenda that doesn’t divide us further, that isn’t just designed to piss off half the country or punish people who voted for him.”
Cupp said toppling the president using “respect, hope, and optimism” should not be hard.
There has not been much in the way of respect, hope, or optimism for President Trump from his political opposition, particularly with an estimated $35 million Mueller report which features – for those critics – the most memorable conclusion being not “no collusion, no obstruction” but this line: “While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”
Ostensibly, for President Trump’s opposition: politically guilty because potentially not proven innocent criminally.
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