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Nadler: Justification, But No Support Yet From Public to Impeach Trump

Nadler: Justification, But No Support Yet From Public to Impeach Trump
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By    |   Friday, 31 May 2019 07:53 PM

There is justification to begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump – but no support from the American people yet, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said Friday.

In an interview on WNYC, Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said “impeachment is a political act.”

“And you cannot impeach a president if the American people will not support it,” he continued. “The American people right now do not support it because they do not know the story. They don’t know the facts. We have to get the facts out. We have to hold a series of hearings, we have to hold the investigations.”

Nadler said he hopes to bring special counsel Robert Mueller's report “to life” by having him testify and provide some of his underlying evidence in front of a televised audience. He said such a hearing could help clarify questions about the president’s conduct covered in Mueller’s final report.

“Part of the function of Congress, just the same as the Watergate hearings 40 years ago, [is] to have a dialogue with the American people so people can make informed decisions and know what’s going on,” he said.

“It’s very important that he, to a television audience and to the American people, state it and answer questions about it, even if there is no new information.”

Though House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has tried to tamp down impeachment calls from her caucus, Nadler hasn’t closed the door on the issue, even for next year.

“There might still be a point to it,” he said. “That point is to say to future presidents you cannot do this, to vindicate the constitution and say there’s certain things that can’t be done. Even in those circumstances, it might be well worth carrying on impeachment.”

He also took a shot at Mueller, saying he could have made a determination if Trump had obstructed justice despite Justice Department regulations barring the indictment of a sitting president.

 “I think that he could’ve accused him anyway,” Nadler said, adding, “That is his interpretation of his ethical duty under the Justice Department guidelines.”

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There is justification to begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump - but no support from the American people yet, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said Friday.In an interview on WNYC, Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said "impeachment...
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