Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe appeared on CNN on Thursday evening and said that impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump should begin “immediately.”
CNN’s Chris Cuomo asked McCabe whether special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings and his understanding of Trump’s actions warranted an impeachment inquiry.
“Absolutely,” he told Cuomo.
McCabe also acknowledged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s resistance against pursuing impeachment, fearing a fierce backlash.
The former FBI deputy director insisted that impeachment proceedings “could provide important, essential testimony to Congress that can only be done in the scope of an impeachment inquiry.”
McCabe said action “should be taken immediately” adding that “whether or not that results in articles of impeachment and trial in the Senate and all of those sorts of things is beside the point.”
Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded his 22-month investigation into Russia interference in March. The redacted version of the report, released by the Justice Department, shows Mueller’s team was unable to find criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia. However, the special counsel outlined 10 scenarios of possible obstruction in his report but declined to make a determination about whether the president obstructed justice.
Dems argue that Mueller’s refusal to clear Trump on obstruction charges provides them a road map to continue to investigate and possibly seek impeachment. AG Barr said that he and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein concluded there was not sufficient evidence to charge Trump with obstruction.
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