What Does the Mueller Report Say?
The most anticipated report to come out in years was released to the public on the 18th. The investigation into whether or not the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 election is over. Despite the fact that Mueller was not able to find enough evidence to warrant criminal conspiracy charges, that doesn’t mean Trump is in the clear. There are damning facts in the report that have led to members of the House calling for impeachment.
The full report can be read online, but here are 5 major takeaways.
The total report spans 448 pages and can be summarized in one sentence: there is enough evidence that is not redacted to begin impeachment hearings. Impeachment on the grounds of obstruction of justice, both attempted and successful. However, also on the grounds on campaign finance violations where funds were used to pay off his mistresses.
Given the political nature of indicting a sitting President, Mueller essentially passed the ball to Congress. So it is Congress that must act. So far, Progressive Democrats like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar have signed on to Rashida Tlaib’s impeachment resolution. Elizabeth Warren has also come out in favor of impeachment hearings.
Other Democrats seem to want to kick the can down the road and have more hearings that may or may not actually amount to any new information. The redacted Mueller report has more than enough information to get the ball rolling.
Impeachment as a Strategy
When Republicans pursued the impeachment of Bill Clinton in 1998/99, it wasn’t about protecting American democracy or holding Clinton accountable for something serious like human rights abuses. It was over an extramarital affair that he lied about. This didn’t stop Republicans from engaging in political warfare on bad faith grounds.
Not only that, but it helped them politically. Bush went on to “beat” Al Gore in the 2000 election. Even though, we know the Supreme Court had a lot to do with that – as well as not counting Black votes in Florida. The point is, however, that impeachment didn’t hurt Republicans. So the idea that impeaching Trump will hurt the Democrats because it’s politically-divisive is not backed by recent history.
A strong case has to be made to the public as to why Donald Trump is a criminal who should be removed from office. Political expediency should have nothing to do with it. The impeachment of Donald Trump should be about protecting American democracy and American institutions.
AOC has said on Twitter that investigating Trump for the crime of obstruction (which we already know he did) is part of their duty as members of Congress. This is not complicated.
Impeach the m*therf*cker.