President TrumpDonald John TrumpThorny part of obstruction of justice is proving intent, that’s a job for Congress Obama condemns attacks in Sri Lanka as ‘an attack on humanity’ Schiff rips Conway’s ‘display of alternative facts’ on Russian election interference MORE on Sunday took aim at the Democrats pushing to advance impeachment proceedings against him as the dust settles from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE‘s report on Russian election interference.
“How do you impeach a Republican President for a crime that was committed by the Democrats? MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” Trump tweeted shortly after arriving in Washington following an Easter Sunday spent at Mar-a-Lago in Florida.
Trump’s tweet came after several Democratic leaders in Congress made clear on Sunday that the possibility of impeachment was still on the table, despite opposition from Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D’Alesandro PelosiSenate Republicans tested on Trump support after Mueller End of Mueller shifts focus to existing probes Democrats renew attacks on Trump attorney general MORE (D-Calif.) and others.
“Impeachment is likely to be unsuccessful,” Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSchiff rips Conway’s ‘display of alternative facts’ on Russian election interference Schiff: Mueller report ‘far worse’ than Watergate Schiff: Democrats ‘may’ take up impeachment proceedings MORE (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told ABC’s “This Week,” before adding, “It may be that we undertake an impeachment nonetheless.”
Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsDem lawmaker: ‘Quite clear’ Trump committed impeachable offenses Cummings on impeachment: ‘We may very well come to that’ Democrats should be careful wielding more investigations MORE (D-Md.), chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, and Rep. Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerTim Ryan doesn’t back impeachment proceedings against Trump 4/20: Will Congress advance marijuana legislation in 2019? Trump accuses ‘fake news media’ of ‘doing everything possible to stir up anger’ after Mueller report MORE (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, expressed similar views on the Sunday show circuit, insisting Democrats would continue to look into the issue.
The possibility of impeachment gained new urgency after the release of Mueller’s redacted report on Thursday. Though the special counsel’s team concluded there was no conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, it also outlined in vivid detail ways in which Trump had possibly sought to interfere with the investigation, raising questions over whether he obstructed justice.
Mueller himself declined to draw a conclusion one way or the other on that matter. But the open-ended nature of that section of the report has led to renewed calls by congressional Democrats to look into whether Trump should be impeached.
Shortly after the report’s release, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezMichael Steele: A missed opportunity at holding banks accountable House Dem dismisses impeachment push: ‘I’d rather defeat’ Trump at ballot box Tlaib rallies in support of Green New Deal at Detroit town hall MORE (D-N.Y.), arguably the most influential of the current crop of progressive lawmakers on Capitol Hill, said she would sign on to a resolution from Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTim Ryan doesn’t back impeachment proceedings against Trump Tlaib rallies in support of Green New Deal at Detroit town hall Warren calls for House to begin impeachment proceedings MORE (D-Mich.) that would examine the issue of impeachment.
Then, on Saturday, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTim Ryan doesn’t back impeachment proceedings against Trump Schiff: Democrats ‘may’ take up impeachment proceedings Trump claims Democrats’ plans to probe admin will cost them ‘big time’ in 2020 MORE (D-Mass.) became the first 2020 presidential hopeful to explicitly call for the House to begin impeachment proceedings.
Those new calls are likely to cause friction with Democratic leaders such as Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerHillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at ‘premature’ subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars Dem legal analyst says media ‘overplayed’ hand in Mueller coverage Former FBI official praises Barr for ‘professional’ press conference MORE (D-N.Y.), who have sought to quell talk of impeachment, arguing it would be too divisive going into a heated presidential election.
Pelosi has repeatedly said pursuing impeachment against Trump “is not worth it,” echoing the argument made by figures who have said the best way to defeat Trump is to vote him out of office, including former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyThorny part of obstruction of justice is proving intent, that’s a job for Congress Kellyanne Conway: Mueller didn’t need to use the word ‘exoneration’ in report April Ryan slams Mike Huckabee in Twitter feud: ‘Will you get into heaven? The answer is no!’ MORE, who played a key role in Mueller’s investigation.
That view was also endorsed by a more moderate 2020 hopeful, Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanTim Ryan doesn’t back impeachment proceedings against Trump Cory Booker has a problem in 2020: Kamala Harris 2020 Dems ratchet up anti-corporate talk in bid to woo unions MORE (D-Ohio), who on Sunday argued Congress should not pursue impeachment just yet.
“Let the process play itself out,” Ryan said on CNN. “And let’s educate the American people too. This is a very nuanced document. Let the American people really see what’s going on here.”