Published: Sun, July 28, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Pelosi downplays Democratic divides following meeting with Ocasio-Cortez

Pelosi downplays Democratic divides following meeting with Ocasio-Cortez

But, for me, the hearings were ultimately a reminder that our historical moment demands that, no matter what our politics are, we ask questions and challenge how Americans define democracy, patriotism, liberty and justice.

There was a lengthy discussion on impeachment in that meeting, Politico reported.

"The House must have access to all the relevant facts and consider whether to exercise its full ... powers, including a constitutional power of the utmost gravity: recommendation of articles of impeachment", Nadler said, reading from the court petition.

Nadler said before the court filing that the grand jury information "is critically important for our ability to examine witnesses" like McGahn and for them to investigate the president.

Pelosi doubled down on her position two days after former special counsel Robert Mueller testified before Congress in a performance that Trump branded a disaster for Democrats.

Pelosi was also dismissive of suggestions that she is trying to "run out the clock" with her reluctance to start impeachment proceedings, saying, "Let's get sophisticated about this".

Rep. Eric Swalwell agreed, noting that the House efforts to impeach former Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton took different forms.

Reacting to the news of the closed-door meeting, Ronna McDaniel, the Chair of the Republican National Committee, wrote on Twitter: "AOC has completely taken over the Democrat Party".

'The stronger our case is, the worst the Senate will look for just letting the president off the hook, ' the speaker argued about impeachment.

Nadler described the pending legal actions, particularly the McGahn lawsuit, as a potential watershed that could dismantle recent White House efforts to stonewall congressional investigators by directing current and former Trump aides to defy subpoenas and refrain from providing testimony.

The committee is seeking access to all the portions of the Mueller report that were redacted because they contained grand jury material ("redacted pursuant to Rule 6 (e)"). "I think we'll have to do what we have to do, and we'll be asking the courts to expedite these decisions due to their importance and the obvious importance of timing".

However, contrary to Trump's comments, Mr Mueller insisted that his report had done anything but.

"The attorney overall has previously stated that the Special Counsel yet again and yet again affirmed that he modified into now not pronouncing that, but for the OLC thought, he would grasp stumbled on the President obstructed justice", read a joint statement from DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec and Mueller spokesman Peter Carr on the time. Instead, his report cited a U.S. Justice Department policy that a sitting president can not be indicted.

But he has also said the report does not exonerate the president.

"Based on Justice Department policy and principles of fairness, we decided we would not make a determination as to whether the president committed a crime".

The Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel has ruled a sitting president can not be indicted.

"These people are clowns", Trump said Friday in remarks at the White House.

That might come as a surprise to the 100 House Democrats who have publicly said they would back an impeachment inquiry, according to the latest CBS News count.

'There are two juries in an impeachment. "They're four people and that's how many votes they got".

"We are considering the malfeasances of the president, we're considering what remedies we can do, including the possibility of articles of impeachment", Nadler said.

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