Clinton Tells Congress What to Do About the Mueller Report

It's way too soon to know whether impeachment is the right course, she writes in op-ed
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2019 7:31 AM CDT
Hillary Clinton speaks during the TIME 100 Summit, in New York, Tuesday, April 23, 2019.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – Hillary Clinton is out with an op-ed about how to move forward in the wake of the Mueller report, and she's not pushing for impeachment—at least not yet. The current debate "has been reduced to a false choice: immediate impeachment or nothing," Clinton writes in the Washington Post. But first Congress must hold "substantive hearings" to determine what course to follow. What happened in 1998, when the House "rushed to judgment" against her own husband, is a bad example to follow. She writes that a much better one is the televised Watergate hearings, which "added to the factual record and, crucially, helped the public understand the facts in a way that no dense legal report could." Clinton makes clear that she thinks the Mueller report proved "a crime was committed against all Americans" by Russia, and that "unless checked, the Russians will interfere again in 2020."

And "unless he’s held accountable," Trump "will likely redouble his efforts to advance Putin’s agenda, including rolling back sanctions, weakening NATO and undermining the European Union." The question now is how to proceed. Congress must take its time figuring that out, and should establish a bipartisan commission, much like it did after 9/11, that is focused on safeguarding our elections. In an interview with Time this week, Clinton had this to say about Trump and the obstruction accusations: "Any other person who had engaged in those acts would certainly have been indicted, but because of the rule in the Justice Department that you can’t indict a sitting President, the whole matter of obstruction was very directly sent to the Congress." (Read her full Post op-ed here.)

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