Democrats naturally support impeachment more than Republican or Independent voters, but even in their own party, less than half of Democrats want to impeach Attorney General Barr or Justice Kavanaugh. "But for the rest of the country, this is good news".
Pelosi referenced McConnell's remarks earlier in the morning where he argued that it's time to move on from Mueller's investigation and report, declaring "case closed".
FILE - Democratic Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerrold Nadler speaks during hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 26, 2019.
So he's making the case, but he's just trying to goad us into impeachment. "Democrats have launched a proxy war smearing the attorney general when their anger actually lies with the president and the special counsel, who found neither conspiracy nor obstruction".
"That is not doing what America needs", Schumer said.
Many Democrats are also pushing for special counsel Robert Mueller to testify about his findings, a move the president has resisted. Following the end of Mueller's investigation, Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein decided there was not sufficient evidence to prosecute an obstruction case.
In an online statement Monday under the name DOJ Alumni, more than 450 former federal prosecutors who worked in Republican and Democratic administrations said evidence Mueller uncovered would have resulted in obstruction charges against Trump, were it not for the long-standing Justice Department policy that a sitting president can not be charged with a criminal offense.
Though the special counsel's final report could find no Russian Federation ties, Democrats in the House and Senate insist they see a full, unredacted version, which they believe could reveal evidence of additional wrongdoing by the president or his staff.
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McConnell's speech coincided with - and seemed created to blunt - the fast-moving and high-profile developments this week in the House, where multiple Democratic-led investigations are ramping up.
The California Democrat hammered the administration's stonewalling of Congress, and accused the president of obstruction, as Democrats continue to battle with the White House over access to documents, witnesses and information.
The letter itself is not an assertion of executive privilege, but Boyd said that if the contempt vote goes ahead as planned the attorney general will advise the president to protectively assert privilege over the entire report.
"I don't think so", Pelosi. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican who's a McConnell ally. Democrats note that Mueller did not decide whether Trump had obstructed justice and seemed to kick the issue to Congress to litigate what should be done about the 10 instances of potential obstruction he discovered and detailed in his findings.
Two frequent Trump critics have said they want to hear from Mueller.
"We can not accept a second term for Donald Trump if we are going to be faithful to our democracy and to the Constitution of the United States", she said. Susan Collins, a Republican of ME who is up for reelection.
Nadler said the contempt vote would go forward as planned but encouraged the Justice Department to "think better of this last-minute outburst and return to negotiations". Mitt Romney, a Republican of Utah. He accused the Obama administration of fostering an environment that allowed Russian Federation to interfere in the 2016 campaign.
Mueller's report remains at the center of a dispute in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.