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House Democrats Will Investigate Trump For Obstruction Once Mueller Finds No Collusion

Democrats have already shown they plan to endlessly investigate President Donald Trump until they can find something, anything, to get him out of office as vengeance for losing the 2016 election.

Now comes House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) promising to investigate Trump for obstruction of justice. Nadler makes clear that he has already concluded the results of his investigation, before it has even been started.

“Tomorrow, we will be issuing document requests to over 60 different people and individuals from the White House to the Department of Justice, Donald Trump, Jr., Allen Weisselberg, to begin the investigations to present the case to the American people about obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power,” Nadler said on ABC on Sunday.

When asked by “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos if he believes Trump obstructed justice, Nadler replied immediately: “Yes, I do.”

That’s quite the comment to make before an investigation has even taken place. It also corrupts Nadler’s entire role in the investigation. How can anyone trust that an investigation is fair if the investigator has a preconceived conclusion going into it?

Nadler went on to say that former Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s testimony before Congress last week prompted the investigation (which isn’t true, more on that later).

“What we learned from the Cohen testimony is that he directly implicated the president in various crimes, both while seeking the office of president and while in the White House,” Nadler said. “We don’t have the facts yet. But we’re going to initiate proper investigations.”

“We don’t have the facts yet,” but he has already concluded Trump obstructed justice. Seems fair and reasonable. Further, Nadler claimed it was part of his duty “to protect the rule of law,” yet that is absolutely not what he is planning to do.

As for Cohen’s testimony being part of the decision to investigate Trump, Nadler has actually been planning this investigation since last November. The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway overheard Nadler last fall discussing his plans on the Acela train from New York to Washington, D.C.:

Nadler said Russia investigations would be under a broad umbrella of holding Trump “accountable,” since it’s a more palatable argument than impeachment, that they would be going “all-in,” and much of what they get to would be “depending on what [special counsel Robert] Mueller finds.” Still, he said the Judiciary Committee would only be in a supportive role to Rep. Adam Schiff and the Intelligence Committee, which has “a way ahead start on that.” Still, he said Judiciary “will have a role” in the Russia investigations.

Democrats have been trying to change the narrative surrounding Mueller’s investigation in recent weeks, presumably to hedge their bets on the likely chance the special counsel finds no Russian collusion. So far they have begun attacking Mueller and his “limited” probe ahead of any findings. They’ve also vowed to investigate anything and everything, even if it has been debunked, and to keep investigating after Mueller wraps up his probe.