Pro-impeachment Democrats say Mueller testimony could 'clear the path' to impeachment
The testimony of special counsel Robert Mueller will undoubtedly help correct the record on the “months of deception” fed to the American public about Donald Trump’s supposed exoneration by the report. But pro-impeachment Democrats also believe it could move a decisive number of their colleagues toward opening an inquiry into Trump’s actions.
“I still think the vast majority of the caucus is on a path to impeachment. This will probably clear the path for a number of them,” Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky told Politico. Yarmuth is one of 80 House Democrats who now support initiating an impeachment process against Trump, according to The Washington Post.
Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland said part of the pressure on lawmakers to move forward will come from the ground up. “To the extent that Mueller ends up educating America, I imagine the clamor for impeachment will grow,” said Raskin, an outspoken impeachment advocate. In fact, several Democrats have said they were specifically waiting to hear from Mueller before making a decision on impeachment: California Reps. John Garamendi and Doris Matsui, and Rep. Chris Pappas of New Hampshire.
New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said that “pressure to impeach grows every day” and that Mueller’s public testimony will “add credence” to the case for an inquiry.
Asked whether Mueller’s testimony could be a game-changer, Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowski told CNN, “I don’t think there’s any question about it.”