Democrats Divided on Impeachment Question

They're debating next step after Mueller release
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2019 6:47 AM CDT
"The responsibility now falls to Congress to hold the president accountable for his actions," Nadler says.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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(Newser) – To impeach or not impeach? That is the question Democrats are pondering after the release of the Mueller report. Democrats are split on whether to use the report's findings to impeach the president or campaign against him in 2020, the Wall Street Journal reports. Left-wing Democrats including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez say they will sign an impeachment resolution, but others fear the move will only energize Trump supporters. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly argued against opening impeachment proceedings, saying she will only back the move if there is Republican support. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, who has asked Robert Mueller to testify before his committee, says impeachment is "one possibility" as investigations continue. More:

  • Waters breaks ranks. Rep. Maxine Waters was among Democrats who broke ranks with party leaders Thursday, arguing that Congress has a responsibility to act, the New York Times reports. "Congress's failure to impeach would set a dangerous precedent and imperil the nation as it would vest too much power in the executive branch and embolden future officeholders to further debase the US presidency, if that’s even possible," she said.
  • Republicans want an apology. Politico reports that House Republicans celebrated what they saw as an exoneration, while their Senate counterparts were more cautious, saying they would study the report. Leading House Republicans called for an end to the Democratic investigations of Trump, with Rep. Steve Scalise arguing that the party "ought to apologize to the American people."

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