Democrats hope Mueller's testimony will boost support for impeachment

MSN | 5/29/2019 | By Jennifer Haberkorn, Los Angeles Times
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WASHINGTON — House Democrats hope to boost public support for impeaching President Donald Trump when former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III testifies to Congress for the first time Wednesday about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and alleged obstruction of justice.

Mueller has warned he doesn’t intend to deliver any bombshells beyond those detailed in the 448-page report released in mid-April. But Democrats hope he will summarize its findings in short, digestible TV soundbites that will spur new outrage, especially among lawmakers on the fence about whether to try to force Trump from office.

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For House Democrats already committed to impeachment, Mueller’s back-to-back testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees may be their last best chance to muster a majority short of dramatic new misconduct by the president — or an about-face by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who has steadfastly opposed impeachment proceedings for now.

Democrats acknowledge that they need a televised moment to counter Trump’s claim of “complete and total exoneration” shortly after Attorney General William Barr gave a public summary of Mueller’s report on March 24.

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But Mueller decided that Justice Department rules barred indictment of a sitting president, adding, “While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

Democrats hope they can get Mueller to explain what he meant and say whether he agreed with Barr that no obstruction of justice occurred.

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“We simply want to bring the report to life, and if Robert Mueller would simply, on live TV, highlight the important parts of the report, that would be very helpful to the American people,” said Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif.,, who sits on the Judiciary Committee.

“It could” move people on impeachment, said Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., a member of the Intelligence Committee. He hopes Republican members repeat the...
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