Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., said a formal impeachment inquiry regarding President Donald Trump is underway.
Deutch, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, made his comments in a column for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel posted Thursday.
“Although special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony may not have been a summer blockbuster, it confirmed the damning conclusions of his report,” Deutch said. “The investigation revealed substantial evidence that President Trump obstructed justice. And that the special counsel did not exonerate him.
“President Trump claimed victory. He seems to think that Mueller’s performance wasn’t enough to trigger an impeachment inquiry. Sorry, Mr. President, the question is no longer whether the House should vote to proceed with a formal impeachment inquiry. The inquiry has already begun.”
He noted that in the past a resolution directing the judiciary committee to consider impeachment was necessary in order for the panel to get additional subpoena authority.
But that was changed in 2015, he said.
“The Judiciary Committee officially started its investigation into the abuse of power by President Trump on March 4, 2019,” he said. “The stated purpose was to consider all constitutional remedies for presidential misconduct, including impeachment. In every meaningful way, our investigation is an impeachment inquiry.
“Now that we have special counsel Mueller’s report and testimony, it is time for the witnesses of the president’s wrongdoing to appear before the committee as part of our ongoing investigation.”
And he vowed: “We will make our recommendation to the House when our work concludes.”
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