WASHINGTON – Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA) is calling for the impeachment proceedings of president Donald J. Trump in the wake of Robert Mueller testifying before congress regarding his investigation.
Clark, who is the vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus, is the most senior member of nearly 100 other Democrats in congress who have called for impeachment.
“Since the release of the Mueller Report in April, it has been clear that the President committed impeachable offenses by welcoming interference from a hostile foreign power in the 2016 election and then attempting to obstruct the investigation into his unpatriotic actions,” Clark said in a statement. “Moreover, he said he would do it all again if given the chance.”
Both Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Tori Trahan of Massachusetts have already called for impeachment proceedings in the fallout of the testimony.
Markey said on the Senate floor: "If the evidence of obstruction of justice and other wrongdoing that Robert Mueller explained yesterday is not evidence of impeachable offenses, what is?"
Of the Massachusetts congressional caucus, both senators have now called for starting impeachment proceedings, as well as Representatives Seth Moulton, Ayanna Pressley, Jim McGovern, and Joe Kennedy III.
While these calls for impeachment do increase the pressure on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, it's not been the widespread call to action that many of these Democrats were hoping for - the movie version of the Mueller Report, for those who hadn't read the book. Part of the reason, perhaps, was Mueller's unwillingness to elaborate further on what he found in the report. During most of the testimony, Mueller responded in one of three ways: 1. "Yes" 2. "No" 3. "I don't think I can answer that."
This left both sides of the aisle frustrated. Democrats did not have the single, iconic shock and awe moment they hoped for to counter the president's insistence of exoneration and play on every news network. Mueller avoided the magic word "impeachment", and refused to read from his own, rather damning, report. Republicans, who felt Mueller's recalcitrance would be an opportunity to formulate their own spin on the narrative of the report, its origins, and the innocence of the the President, were shut down with one-word refusals, as well as Mueller only showing a real willingness to elaborate on how the President's actions with Russian operatives should constitute a crime, though he stopped short of actually accusing Trump.
The mixed nature of the testimony right is probably why Nancy Pelosi isn't feeling more pressure to call for impeachment. Had Mueller been lively, energized, and outspoken we might have woken up this week to hundreds more calls for impeachment.
But for now, congress will begin it's summer recess, leaving Democrats with an existential question to ponder: To impeach, or not to impeach? That is the question.
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