As things on Capitol Hill heat up over the Mueller report and his recent appearance in front of television cameras last week, Congress is becoming more aggressive than ever after Mueller made it clear that Donald Trump committed crimes.
According to POLITICO, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler told other Democratic leaders in a closed-door meeting yesterday that if Robert Mueller does not reach an agreement to appear for public testimony, he will be subpoenaed. This is according to two people who were present at the meeting. This news is bound to send Trump into yet another tailspin, just in time for the weekend and his return from the UK.
So far, Mueller has only been direct in one area of conversation regarding his report; that he is willing to meet and answer questions in private. House Democrats and leadership have made it clear, however, that this option is not good enough and that they will not even entertain that idea.
In attendance at Tuesday’s meeting were Speaker Nancy Pelosi and four other committee chairs.
While there is no guaranteed date for when Nadler will subpoena Mueller, he has made it clear that it will happen sooner than later. On Wednesday he told reporters that he is sure Mueller will appear before his panel, but that he will subpoena him “if we have to.”
‘We want him to testify openly. I think the American people need that.
‘I think, frankly, it’s his duty to the American people. And we’ll make that happen.’
Last week Mueller made a rare, Russia Report-defining move, and appeared before the public to made a statement. You can read the full transcript here, and see excerpts below.
‘When a subject of an investigation obstructs that investigation or lies to investigators, it strikes at the core of the government’s effort to find the truth and hold wrongdoers accountable.
‘As set forth in our report, after that investigation, if we had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said that. We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the President did commit a crime.’
Featured image via YouTube screenshot.