Jerry Nadler

Though Not Charged, Trump is Still Not Exonerated: Rep. Jerry Nadler


Democratic Rep. and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler, claimed on Wednesday that even though special counsel Robert Mueller did not press criminal charges he was successful in revealing that the President is lying.

He also said that Mueller did “not exonerate” Trump on the charges of the obstruction of justice.

“Given that special counsel Mueller was unable to pursue criminal charges against the President, it falls to Congress to respond to the crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump — and we will do so,” Nadler said.

“All options are on the table and nothing should be ruled out. Make no mistake, not even the president of the United States is above the law,” he added.

Prior to the speech by Jerry Nadler, Mueller, who had been appointed to investigate Trump on the suspicions of colluding with Russians during 2016 Presidential elections, said on Wednesday that from the investigation he performed, Trump could neither be exonerated and nor he (Mueller) could convict him.

In the first public comment in two years as the special counsel, Mueller asserted on the fact that he was unable to establish if Trump is responsible for obstruction of justice, as the Department of Justice stopped him from pressing charges on the current president.

“If we had had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the President did commit a crime,” Mueller said.

Jerry Nadler while asking for the impeachment of Trump along with other Democrats, said that the public needs to understand certain points, which are: The special counsel did not exonerate the president of the United States of obstruction of justice; Obstruction of justice, which special counsel Mueller found substantial evidence of, is a serious crime that strikes at the core of our justice system and Constitution points to Congress to take action to hold the president accountable for his misconduct.

Last week, he also indirectly asked for impeaching Trump, by forcing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to ask for that. Several Democratic Senators, including Kamala Harris and Cory Booker want the president’s impeachment. However, at the end, it depends on Jerry Nadler to decide if he wants Trump to be impeached or not.

With continuous debacle on the Mueller Investigation, it can be said that the Mueller report might have helped the Democrats in standing and appearing as a united front. While impeaching the President is a matter of future and uncertain, if it happens, the Republicans would have a lot more to worry about in the next presidential elections.

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