Just a few days before Robert Mueller is scheduled to testify before Congress about the Russian Federation probe, President Donald Trump renewed attacks against the former special counsel. He highlighted how the "Constitution requires a process other than" the criminal justice system to hold officeholders accountable, a clear signal his obstruction investigation into Trump could be carried on by Congress. "I know this is all polarized now and Democrats, Republicans they see it through a polarized lens, but I think he can actually bring some sobriety to the conversation".
Mueller's 448-page report documents extensive contacts between the Trump campaign and Russians, including attempts to cooperate or collude, neither of which is a specific crime.
For almost two years, Mueller led a Justice Department probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion and obstruction of justice by the Trump campaign, Trump associates and Trump himself.
The veteran prosecutor and former FBI director also laid out in detail 10 instances when Trump allegedly tried to obstruct the investigation. We had no collusion, no obstruction, we had no nothing.
The grandstanding from Rep. Nadler and Rep. Schiff came amid that backdrop as they prepare to set the scene for Democrats to coax Mr Mueller through his most damming conclusions.
Hours earlier, Trump tweeted that Mueller "should not be given another bite at the apple" months after wrapping his investigation. "This is the time that the Democrats have got to show on their end how much time they have been wasting of our committee and how we have not been getting things done because they simply don't like this president, who was elected by the people in 2016, and they're just trying to derail him for 2020".
"This is a president who has violated the law six ways from Sunday", the leading Democrat said.
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The House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee will question Mueller in separate hearings on the report. If anyone else had been accused of what the report finds the president had done, they would have been indicted.
"We chose those words carefully", he said, "and the work speaks for itself".
Whether Trump watches or not, White House officials and the president's lawyers will be closely monitoring what Mueller tells members of the Democratic-led House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees.
Suggesting the Mueller testimony risks turning into a political circus, Pelosi added, "And let us have this be as dignified as our Constitution would require".
"If we had had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so", Mueller said.
"I'm not going to be watching". The special counsel pointed to a Department of Justice policy that barred the prosecution of a sitting president for a federal crime. In 2017 Mr. Trump said he was putting Pakistan "on notice" for supporting the Afghan Taliban.