Special Counsel Robert Mueller held a press conference at the Department of Justice today, during which he reiterated some of the key findings of his report, namely that his investigation did not exonerate Trump and that he could not have indicted the president even if there a crime was committed because DOJ protocol prohibits the indictment of a sitting president. The implication, though not so bluntly articulated, was that impeachment is the only means for dealing with a criminal occupant of the Oval Office.
For those who have read the report, Mueller’s remarks were far from surprising. In it, the special counsel outlined ten different occasions on which it appears Trump appeared to obstruct justice. It’s safe to say were he not president he would have been indicted long ago. Now, the next step falls to Congress.
While many Democrats have already called for Trump’s impeachment, most of the GOP remains lockstep with their party leader, unwilling to hold him accountable out of fear of political and electoral reprisal. The sole Republican with any kind of spine appears to be Rep. Justin Amash (MI), the only one so far to say that Trump’s behavior is impeachable. On top of that, he’s criticized Attorney General William Barr for misrepresenting the findings of Mueller’s report to shield Trump.
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Now, Amash has responded to Mueller’s statement that charging President Trump “was not an option” because of DOJ rules. The representative kept it simple, tweeting out “The ball is in our court, Congress.” Clearly, he is doubling down on his call to impeach our corrupt president.
After Mueller’s press conference, the case for impeachment is as close to ironclad as it could possibly be. If Democrats do begin proceedings, it’s safe to presume Trump would be impeached in the House. The problem is that Amash’s party colleagues in the GOP-controlled Senate lack the courage to impeach Trump. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could not care less if Trump is a crook, so long as he continues to ram through the Republican plutocratic agenda.
That said, the House should still pursue impeachment even if it will die in the Senate. This president must be formally called to account for his crime, and impeachment would impress on the American people the severity of his misdeeds. Hopefully, more Republicans will step forward and add their voices to Amash’s.