Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee announced on Friday they will begin a formal “impeachment investigation” against President Donald Trump due to former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony.

Chairman Jerry Nadler said the Democrats will ask for grand jury information related to Mueller’s investigation. From Fox News:

Nadler called the grand jury materials “critically important” for their investigation. In the petition, Democrats on the committee noted that because Justice Department policies do not allow the prosecution of a sitting president, the House of Representatives is “the only institution of the federal government” that can hold Trump accountable.

“The House must have access to all evidence,” Nadler said. “We are exercising our constitutional authority. We are continuing the investigation of President Trump’s malfeasances, and we will do and consider what we have to consider including whether we should recommend Articles of Impeachment to the House. We may, we may not. It remains to be seen.”

Nadler hopes the Democrats will receive a swift decision in their favor from the court since they will tell the judge they plan to seek impeachment.

The investigation “will include polling material provided to the Russians by the former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort as well as allegations Trump is violating the emoluments clause.”

The Democrats will also “pursue testimony from former White House counsel Don McGahn and will subject him to ‘jail time and fines,’ if he refuses.”

Nadler made the announcement even though Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi remains cautious. She told reporters that “the House pursues the impeachment of President Donald Trump will be made in a ‘timely fashion’ and denied the idea that she is trying to ‘run out the clock’ on the issue.”

She did not provide a timeline, but said that the House “will proceed when we have what we need to proceed – not one day sooner.”

While Pelosi comes across as one dragging her feet, she believes Mueller “confirmed” that Trump “obstructed justice.”

The Democrats also decided to move forward as the left turned against Mueller after his testimony. He did not provide any new information, came off as lethargic and forgetful, and told Congress over 200 times to refer to his report instead of answering questions.

Dan Balz wrote in The Washington Post that the Democrats can only beat Trump by winning the 2020 election. The New York Times had a podcast that discussed how the lawmakers wanted a political showdown, but Mueller “resisted.”

Nadler also said the committee would seek to enforce subpoenas for former White House Counsel Don McGahn, in another escalation of their anti-Trump probes.


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