Highest ranking House Democrat yet calls for impeachment of Trump

Sunday, 28 Jul, 2019

"That is the impeachment process, and we are deep into it", the counsel said. He questioned the special counsel directly yesterday, and he believes the president committed impeachable offenses.

Meanwhile, another top House Democrat dismissed the viability of impeachment as an option for removing Trump from office on Thursday.

Ocasio-Cortez, who represents one fourth of the freshmen Democratic quartet commonly known as "The Squad," has butted heads with Pelosi, most notably in recent days over a dispute for funding to aid the humanitarian crisis at the United States southern border.

"The congresswoman is a very gracious member of congress so we had a very positive conversation about our districts and how we represent them", she added. Her response to a question from CBS' Nancy Cordes about the meeting at Pelosi's daily presser didn't exactly suggest that this was the beginning of a attractive friendship. "Again, their advocacy for impeachment only gives me leverage".

And, given the unlikeliness of the Republican-controlled Senate impeaching the president, she and other Democrats have expressed concern over what impeachment proceedings would mean for moderate Democrats in the next election.

The former counsel to Mr Trump in the White House played a key role in the Mueller report as he recounted the most significant and damming moments of the president's demeanour and conduct. Asked by Nadler if he had exonerated Trump, Mueller said, "No". "The Democrats are clowns".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) got together on Friday in Washington, D.C., to air their differences and "be on the same page", supposedly.

Barr also told journalists that he had met with the special counsel regarding the file and "Mueller stated three instances to us in that meeting primarily based entirely on our questioning that he emphatically modified into now not pronouncing that but for the OLC thought, he would grasp stumbled on obstruction".

On Friday, members of the committee, led by Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), held a press conference to discuss the next steps to take following Mueller's testimony this week.

"We are going to see what remedies we could recommend, including the possibility of articles of impeachment", Nadler clarified. "And I think most of the people who have come out recently have come out for an impeachment inquiry", he said.

Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti, and current CNN legal analyst, spoke to the wisdom of Nadler's approach which seeks to flex the powers that would come with impeachment without yet formally launching the proceedings.

Representative Elijah Cummings, Democrat of Maryland, who emerged from the committee room at the same time as Ocasio-Cortez, said he was heartened by the meeting.

But Nadler also made the case for why Trump is guilty.

In keeping with Pelosi's position, polling has consistently found that a majority of Americans oppose impeachment.

There is also one former Republican, Independent Justin Amash (Mich.) who said he would back impeachment.

The squabble was effectively put on hold after President Donald Trump criticized "the squad" in a series of Twitter posts, accusing them of spreading anti-semitic and anti-American rhetoric.

After Mueller testified, Pelosi assembled Democrats behind closed doors and offered the path forward. Respect that instead of making a big issue of it. The next morning, she delivered a similar message, telling lawmakers to say what they want about impeachment, but to do it in way that doesn't challenge other Democrats' views.