Speaker Nancy Pelosi again advocated for continuing the House investigations into the president to gather the facts and to pursue litigation to make the strongest case they can if they decide to impeach.
Committee aides pushed back on assertions that Congress needs a formal impeachment inquiry to justify accessing grand jury evidence, saying lawmakers have been considering articles of impeachment since February, when the House referred an impeachment resolution to the committee. On Wednesday night, Senate Republicans continued to block two such measures from consideration, claiming that they are redundant.
The Speaker of the United States Congress' lower chamber, the House of Representatives is set to visit Ghana next week.
The House Intelligence Committee has also indicated it wants to see Mueller's grand jury material, and could try to obtain it under a different statute in the law that allows sharing of grand jury information with intelligence or national security officials if the matter involves foreign intelligence agencies.
Actually, it was when Mueller talked that he got in the most trouble; as both NBC's Chuck Todd and Fox News's Chris Wallace both agreed - the special counsel's bumbling, rambling and confusing testimony was a "disaster".
The Democrats will be eager to move on from this embarrassing episode, but Republicans shouldn't be so quick to let Mueller and his team of rabidly anti-Trump operatives off the hook. He refused to discuss the Steele dossier, which not only turned out to be most effective tool of Russian interference in the 2016 election, but was used in multiple FISA applications targeting at least one individual. "This deserves the attention of every American", he warned.
"Republicans asked questions that were entirely and completely beyond the purview of Mueller's report", said Kohn, "and, you know, were attacking, demeaning and belittling this guy who was just doing his job". He also concluded that there was no evidence of a criminal conspiracy between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation. The president issued a series of his trademark gleeful tweets during and after the hearings. "The Democrats lost so BIG today", he tweeted.
The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's performance was widely criticized, and portrayed as a disappointment to Democrats. Moreover, as Collins pointed out, Mueller's own report stated that "collusion" and criminal conspiracy were basically "largely synonymous". Yes, Mueller opened by explaining there were certain areas of public interest on which he will not be able to answer questions, including "the opening of the FBI's Russian Federation investigation, which occurred months before my appointment, or matters related to the so-called 'Steele dossier.'" But throughout his testimony, Mueller used "purview" to mean the scope of the special counsel investigation. Several of Mueller's lawyers had indeed given money to Democratic campaigns. "I hope this is not the new normal, but I fear it is", he said.
Democrats have grown increasingly frustrated by Republican unwillingness to vote on new security and election-reporting requirements. Senator McConnell has repeatedly argued that additional money and measures are unnecessary, since Congress has already acted to improve election security at the state and local level.
However Democrats have a number of investigations of the president ongoing that don't require cooperation from the White Home or Justice Division.
When asked if she had watched the hearing, Pelosi, D-Calif., said Wednesday, "Correct a dinky bit bit", adding that she entirely watched about a moments "because of we've been so busy".