US Rep. Tim Ryan outlines position on impeachment

US Rep. Tim Ryan outlines position on impeachment

"But you have to get started", she said.

"It's not the right thing to do nothing", the Nevada Democrat told USA Today in an interview published Monday, adding, "It's not the right thing to jump into impeachment without doing an inquiry".

"This is a question of making sure the committee has the ability to tell the American people the story", said Rep. David Cicilline, a member of the judiciary committee and Democratic leadership, in explaining his support for an inquiry.

That was after the attorney general defied the panel's subpoena and refused to appear for a hearing on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election, contacts between Russians and the Trump campaign, and Trump's efforts to impede the probe.

But the former special counsel laid out an extensive roadmap of evidence against Trump and emphasized that even though he didn't bring charges in the obstruction case, the report "does not exonerate" the president.

"I call her nervous Nancy", Trump told Fox.


Nadler's response underscores the tension that has spilled into the open within the Democratic caucus on impeachment. In more liberal districts, voters were quick to discuss impeachment. But after meeting with Pelosi on Monday night, when asked if he thought impeachment was inevitable, he said no.

"I don't want to see him impeached, I want to see him in prison", Pelosi said, according to Politico, quoting "multiple Democratic sources familiar with the meeting". "But that's a long process".

The committee previously tried to get Attorney General William Barr to appear and answer questions on May 2, but he declined, leading to the committee passing a resolution holding him in contempt. Hicks has said she will comply with the subpoena.

The full House will also vote Tuesday on whether to hold former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt for deferring to a White House direction that he not provide documents and testimony to Nadler's committee.

Trump and his supporters have charged that Mueller led a "witch hunt" pursued by a team of "angry Democrats" out to get the president based on nothing but partisan bias.

Pelosi is under pressure from some Democrats to begin an impeachment of Republican President Donald Trump, who last week called impeachment "a dirty, filthy, disgusting word".


Ryan made similar remarks in Iowa after Mueller made public statements on Wednesday that said "after that investigation, if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so".

The first hearing, on June 10, looks at whether Trump committed obstruction of justice by intervening in the probe. "To the extent that the President continues to behave as if he's above the law and... continues to prevent Congress from performing their oversight the number of people who will grow frustrated and think their only option will be to open an impeachment inquiry".

Democrats have suggested they will compel Mueller's appearance if necessary, but it's unclear when - or if - that will happen.

None of Pennsylvania's congressional Republicans have expressed support for impeachment, instead saying Mueller's report reinforced their view that it's time to move on.

The hearings come after Mueller, in his first public statement about his Russian Federation probe, explained that his team of investigators did not explicitly exonerate Mr. Trump, and instead offered reasoning why his office never considered indicting him for obstruction of justice.


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