Democrats’ hope of deposing Trump dwindles further
The threat of Donald Trump’s dismissal seemed even more speculative on Thursday after the minimalist testimony of former special prosecutor Robert Mueller in charge of the Russian investigation, which forces the democratic opposition to turn resolutely towards the next presidential election.
“2020 is undoubtedly the only way to get him out of power,” admitted Democrat Adam Schiff on CNN, while the Republican billionaire has already launched vigorously into the campaign for his reelection.
“I would be delighted if we were to dismiss him, but we are not,” said the House of Representatives who chairs one of two commissions heard Robert Mueller Wednesday.
At the hearing, the former federal police chief (FBI) was “a very recalcitrant witness,” but the substance of his testimony is “overwhelming” for Trump, Schiff said.
Interviewed for nearly seven hours, the 74-year-old has been strictly following his investigation report, released in April.
This report describes Russia’s efforts to tip the 2016 presidential election in favor of Donald Trump, but the investigators have not found evidence of any understanding between Moscow and the Republican candidate’s entourage.
He also details a series of pressure exerted on his investigation by the president and, this time, ensures not to be able to exonerate him from suspicions of obstruction of justice.
The party’s leading figures, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the lead, fear that the impeachment maneuver will turn against the Democrats during the White House race. In particular by concealing their campaign themes (environment, access to health, penal reform, etc.) to try to win back voters who opted for Trump in 2016.
They prefer to let the House finish its various investigations to rally senators with evidence.
Mr. Mueller “did his job. Now it’s time for Congress to do its own, “commented Lisa Blunt, elected Democratic House Speaker.