Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, ignoring Special Counsel Robert Mueller's protestations that he has no interest in testifying before Congress, is threatening to summon Mueller before Congress anyway, snapping, “We will have Mr. Mueller’s testimony.”
Last week, Mueller spoke at the Department of Justice about the release of his gigantic 448-page investigation into Russian election interference and allegations that President Trump obstructed Mueller’s efforts, asserting, “The report is my testimony … I hope and expect this to be the only time that I will speak about this matter."
But according to The Hill, in a radio interview with WNYC on Friday, Nadler stated, “We will have Mr. Mueller’s testimony. I think it's very important that he testify before the American people, even if he doesn't say anything beyond what he said there. The attorney general and the president and others are lying all the time about what was in the report and it's very important that he, to the TV audience and to the American people ... answer questions about it, even if there is no new information. ... Most people are not going to read the 448-page report.”
Nadler added, “Obviously people are frustrated that we haven’t moved faster. And, frankly, I'm frustrated because we have been held up by the unprecedented action by the White House to deny our witnesses. And we can only go so far, until we win in court, to get those witnesses.”
Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) echoed to The Hill, “He can help parameterize and bring the report to life for the American people. Many people will watch those hearings. ... Even if it's Bob Mueller sitting there reading the report [and taking questions] — that's fine.” He added, “I think he'll volunteer; I think he cares too much about the process. I don't see him defying the congressional request.”
Nadler insisted that impeachment was necessary because the reelection of the president would be a disaster. He said, “Well, impeachment is ... there might still be a point to it. And that point is to say to future presidents, you cannot do this, to vindicate the Constitution, to say there are certain things that cannot be done. God willing, we have to defeat Trump. ... His reelection would be a national catastrophe.”
The New York Post reported that Nadler insisted that Americans don’t “know the facts,” and that is why they don’t support impeachment of the president, stating, “Impeachment is a political act and you cannot impeach a president if the American people will not support it. The American people right now do not support it because they don’t know the story. They don’t know the facts.” The Post added that Nadler threatened White House officials who have refused to testify before the Judiciary Committee, saying, “We are going to enforce those subpoenas and we’re going to have on the floor as soon as possible, I hope very shortly, contempt citations against these people and we will pursue them in court.”
Roll Call reported that Nadler slammed Mueller, saying he is "leaning over too far backwards" by stating he wouldn’t accuse the president if Trump couldn't be charged and couldn’t defend himself in court. Nadler blustered, "I think that he could have accused him anyway, period.”